It’s All About the Kids – PAO

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August 1, 2011 – CHCH Interview with Dr. Yamashiro


Media Release




(November 29, 2010, Toronto, Ontario) – Dr. Hirotaka Yamashiro, president of the Pediatricians Alliance of Ontario (PAO), announced today that his organization will be holding a number of roundtable discussions with Ontario pediatricians and other child advocates throughout the province of Ontario in 2011. This announcement follows on the heels of a very successful event held in Toronto last week, where there was a lively debate about how social determinants affect children’s health, as well as the effect of epigenetics and the environment on childhood development.

“Ontario pediatricians have always been passionate advocates for our patients and their families,” Dr. Yamashiro said. “Unfortunately, until now, we’ve never had a collective voice to advocate on their behalf as a group.”

Pediatricians are specialist medical doctors trained to provide care for newborns, infants, children and adolescents. They are invaluable contributors to the cost-saving and life-saving care of some of the province’s most vulnerable citizens.

“As a result of the lack of a collective voice in the past,” Dr. Yamashiro said, “government policy advisors and key decision makers haven’t always had appropriate input from pediatricians. The Pediatricians Alliance of Ontario plans on righting that wrong by getting feedback from our members and the public at these roundtables and then putting forth what we believe are positive, viable solutions.”

The PAO was formed by Dr. Yamashiro and other politically-active pediatricians as an offshoot of the pediatrics section of the Ontario Medical Association, of which Dr. Yamashiro is the chair. Dr. David Peachey of Health Intelligence Inc. joined Dr. Yamashiro at a press conference, which was held at Queen’s Park shortly after the formation of the Pediatricians Alliance of Ontario, to formally announce the formation of the group and to share compelling new data concerning the state of pediatric care in the province. Dr. Peachey’s research showed that pediatricians practicing in Ontario are working harder, and longer, with fewer resources than their colleagues in most other provinces.

“We’re talking about access to care,” Dr. Yamashiro said. “Our patients and their families need access to the right care at the right place at the right time – delivered, of course, by the right healthcare provider.”

The next PAO roundtable discussion will be held in Hamilton, Ontario, on January 19, 2011. The event will focus on the significant challenges involved in the care of immigrant children. An announcement regarding other roundtables will be forthcoming in the new year.

The Pediatricians Alliance of Ontario is the voice for over 1,100 pediatricians in Ontario – the premier experts in prevention, promotion and treatment issues related to children’s health and wellness. For more information, please visit our web site at

For more information, or to set up an interview with Dr. Hirotaka Yamashiro, president of the Pediatricians Alliance of Ontario, please contact:

Stephen Skyvington

Phone: (416) 985-2239


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