by Rachel Y. Moon, M.D. and Fern R. Hauck, M.D., M.S.
A year working with Cambodians in a Thailand refugee camp prompted Fern Hauck's interest in maternal and child health and nutrition, and led to this physician spending two years with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Epidemic Intelligence Service Program.
After this stint, Dr. Hauck moved to Chicago to research the high incidence of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) among African Americans.
"My interest in this disparity, across the country as well as in Chicago, continues, and it's led to many more studies," she explains, adding, "Today I want to educate both the public and professionals on safe sleep and SIDS risk reduction."
That's exactly what Dr. Hauck and her co-author, Rachel Moon, are doing with their 14 Ways to Protect Your Baby from SIDS: Safe Sleep Advice from the Experts (Parenting Press, www.parentingpress.com).
"Parents hear a lot about what they should do, and sometimes what they're told doesn't make sense to them or conflicts with the traditional practices they trust," she says. "By explaining our recommendations for safe sleep, we hope we can show parents that these do make sense. Dr. Moon and I have taken the questions that parents frequently ask us, and we've tried to answer these in terms and language understandable to those without a medical background."
The populations most resistant to change are those at greatest risk, Dr. Hauck continues, and that's one reason she participates in both national and international work groups addressing the racial, ethnic and cultural factors that increase the risk of SIDS.
In 2002, Dr. Hauck founded the International Family Medicine Clinic in the University of Virginia Department of Family Medicine. In this clinic, she and colleagues provide comprehensive primary health care for the growing number of refugees and other immigrants in central Virginia. She develops educational opportunities for health care professionals in international and cross-cultural health, and has done extensive teaching on the importance of cultural competency in the clinical setting with faculty, community physicians and nurses.
A native of Queens, New York, Dr. Hauck completed her undergraduate degree at Binghamton (New York) University and earned an M.S. in family medicine at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland. Her medical degree is from St. Louis University School of Medicine and her residency training was conducted at the Maine-Dartmouth Family Practice Residency in Augusta, Maine. Besides directing the International Family Medicine Clinic, Dr. Hauck is currently an associate professor of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences at the University of Virginia.
A resident of Earlysville, Virginia, she is the mother of twins.
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