Hospice. She created the regional Children’s Program for terminally ill children in 1987 in partnership with San Diego Children’s Hospital / Health Center. The program includes several components such as an “Early Intervention Program” Perinatal Hospice, an innovative program that supports parents through pregnancy and birth of babies diagnosed with life-threatening conditions. The Children’s Program also provides services such as counseling and play therapy to support healthy children grieving the loss of a parent, sibling, or classmate. Ms. Sumner has consulted statewide and nationally with other hospices developing programs for dying and bereaved children. She has spoken at numerous local, national and international meetings on the topic of end-of-life care for children. Ms. Sumner has published both academic and popular articles and book reviews in nursing journals, textbooks, and newspapers, as well contributing as an expert resource for various publications. Most recently, she authored the chapter “Pediatric Care: The Hospice Perspective” in the Textbook of Palliative Nursing (Ferrell and Coyle, editors), and has a chapter in Hospice Care for Children (Armstrong-Dailey and Zarbock, editors). She is a member of the ChIPPS (Children’s International Project on Palliative and Hospice Services) workgroup, serves on the Ethics Committee of the San Diego Children’s Hospital, and participates in other collaborative initiatives.
Joseph Wright, M.D., M.P.H., is Medical Director for Advocacy and Community Affairs at Children’s National Medical Center (CNMC) in Washington DC. He is also an Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine, and Prevention and Community Health at the George Washington University Schools of Medicine and Public Health and practices pediatric emergency medicine in the Emergency Medicine and Trauma Center at Children’s. Administratively, Dr. Wright is founding Director of the Center for Prehospital Pediatrics in the Division of Emergency Medicine at CNMC, and also serves as the State Medical Director for Pediatrics within the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems. His major areas of academic interest include injury prevention and health services research, and he is currently developing a comprehensive program of pediatric prehospital research in the District of Columbia. He has received recognition for his advocacy work throughout his career including the Shining Star award from the Los Angeles-based Starlight Foundation acknowledging his outstanding contributions to under-served communities, and induction into Delta Omega, the national public health honor society. He has authored and co-authored many publications, serves on several national advisory boards, including the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Injury, Violence and Poison Prevention, and lectures widely to professional and lay audiences.