On June 6, Pediatricians and Communities Collaborating Together (PACCT) held a community recognition luncheon at the Prado in Balboa Park in San Diego, California. PACCT is a program designed to provide pediatricians-in-training with opportunities to understand and experience how community circumstances influence the health and well-being of children, adolescents, and teens. Over 40 community sites are used to develop a rich and wide learning experience for the residents.

The communities were chosen because they best illustrate to residents how specific cultures and circumstances influence the health of children and how health care strategies need to be tailored to meet the needs of the defined communities. PACCT‘s partners work relentlessly in under-served populations and address difficult issues such as child abuse, poverty, youth violence, domestic violence, teenage pregnancy, lack of access to health care, and inadequately funded schools.

The community recognition luncheon was PACCT‘s way of expressing their gratitude for their partners’ continued efforts in the community and their collaborations with PACCT. Over 100 leaders from social service organizations, schools, community collaboratives, and community based health organizations attended the luncheon.

ECOBAGS® donated several of our Classic String Bags™ as giftbags for the event. According to the event coordinator, “We were able to pair your ECOBAGS® with eco-friendly cleaning products. People who got them as gifts were so pleased! They said that the gifts were a main reason for their attendance. This is fantastic because the full room of attendees (drawn by the possibility of winning prizes like ECOBAGS®) learned about each other and how they can partner together and with our program to improve child health. In fact, we already have some new projects in discussion!”