Ravenswood Family Health Center
1885 Bay Road
East Palo Alto, CA 94303

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Pediatric Services

The goal of our Pediatric Department is to improve the health of children by providing high quality pediatric clinical care

  • Well Child check-ups
  • Monitor healthy development
  • Vision, hearing, lead screenings
  • Immunizations
  • Same day urgent care
  • Follow up care of premature infants, children with asthma, obesity
  • Adolescent sensitive services
  • Coordinate behavioral health & social services
  • Referrals to medical specialists at LPCH

LENA Start

Ravenswood’s Pediatrics Department is collaborating with the San Mateo County Public Library System (SMCL) to bring Talk Read Sing groups to our young families! Talk Read Sing, which uses the LENA Start model created by the LENA Research Foundation, is a 14-week program, meeting once a week, that helps prepare infants and toddlers for school. The sessions are geared towards families with children ages 0-30 months.

Research has shown that achievement gaps exist between children who experience fewer words and children who experience more words during the critical early years before they enter school. Talk Read Sing aims to close these gaps by using simple, practical methods to encourage parents to take an active role in introducing their children to more new words in daily conversations, and singing and reading to their children.

The parents in the groups record their child weekly and then get a report about the number of minutes of adult words heard, number of minutes of conversational turns, and number of minutes of electronic noise heard. Parents who participate take home books to read together with their children and receive other incentives during the 14-week course. Ravenswood collaborates with the SMCL to provide snacks and child watch during the sessions.

If you would like to join a Ravenswood LENA start group, please contact Sandra Nova, Project Specialist, at (650) 330-7400 for more information.

To learn more about how you can support your baby’s brain development, visit https://www.first5california.com.

Causes for Concern

  • More than 1 in 3 children are overweight or obese by age 5. After 5 years of age, almost 1 in 2 children are overweight/ obese. 
  • One third of our pediatric patients has visible tooth decay; some even present with broken teeth or abscesses. 
  • East Palo Alto has the highest hospitalization rate in the County for children 0-14 (25.8 hospitalizations per 10,000 residents). This almost double the County’s average (13.08 hospitalizations per 10,000 residents).