Docs for Tots 20th Anniversary Year

Milestones to Remember

2023 is the 20th anniversary year of the founding of Docs for Tots. Pediatrician Dr. George L. Askew, current President and CEO of the Meyer Foundation and former NYC Deputy Commissioner of Health, founded Docs for Tots in 2003 with the vision of creating an organization that promoted the health and well-being of young children beyond the doctor’s office.

Originally based in Washington, DC, Docs for Tots vision was to: 
Create a society in which no young child lives in poverty or suffers from disparities in health and development due to race, ethnicity, or socio-economic status; all young children have access to quality early care and education; and children’s doctors are actively engaged in bringing about these changes.

2003

Docs for Tots founded by pediatrician Dr. George L. Askew


As an urban-based pediatrician, Dr. Askew was continually frustrated by factors beyond his clinical practice walls that had far greater impact on his patient’s well-being than anything he could “treat” in the office. These included: poverty, lack of access to social services, inadequate early care and education, unsafe environments, racism, and more.
He founded Docs for Tots to create a way for children’s doctors to actively promote policies and practices to improve the health and development of infants and young children, taking the practice of medicine beyond clinic walls.

Come back to read about more milestones from the past 20 years!

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