789. Infections and Screening in International Adoptees
Session: Mini-Symposium: Infections and Infectious Disease Screening of Immigrants and International Adoptees
Saturday, October 22, 2011: 7:30 AM
Room: 205ABC

Jane Aronson, DO, Worldwide Orphans Foundation and International Pediatric Health Service, PLLC, Maplewood, NJ

Dr. Aronson has been a pediatrician since 1986. She has had a solo pediatric practice in Manhattan specializing in adoption medicine since 2000 and has evaluated well over 10,000 adopted children; she has traveled to orphanages in Russia, Romania, Bulgaria, China, Vietnam, Ethiopia, Haiti and Latin America while on medical missions. In addition, Dr. Aronson is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Cornell University and Columbia University. Since 1997, she has provided direct services to orphaned children through her foundation, Worldwide Orphans Foundation (WWO). WWO began its work by commissioning Orphan Rangers (volunteer university students and healthcare professionals who support orphans). Since 1997, Dr. Aronson has funded over 120 Orphan Rangers in 14 countries. Over the past 13 years, WWO has created holistic/organic programs for HIV-infected orphans in Ethiopia and Vietnam, as well as schools, camps, sports programs, and early intervention programs for orphaned children in many countries. WWO has partnerships with governments and prominent organizations like Merck Foundation, USAID/PEPFAR, Siemens, Bristol-Myers Squibb, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Clinton Foundation, Unicef, Hole in the Wall Camps, Clowns without Borders-South Africa and A Child's Right. WWO was in Haiti right after the earthquake to study the crisis for orphans and to provide policy advice and support. Dr. Aronson is actively involved in advocacy for orphans all over the world. WWO creates toolkits to implement best practices for orphans, with models including progressive arts-based education, sports, camp, and early intervention through granny programs and toy libraries. WWO is a laboratory for exploration of replicable solutions of the highest quality education, mental and medical health Programs for orphans. Dr. Aronson received an Angel in Adoption Award in 2000 and she was honored by Glamour magazine on November 9, 2009, as one of 10 Women of the Year. She has two sons through adoption:, Benjamin, 10 years old, from Viet Nam and Desalegn, 12 years old, from Ethiopia.

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