Research and Development

Goshen endeavors to enhance child health within the community through advancing clinical practice and advocating for policy change. In order to effect improvements in child health, Goshen’s research efforts focus on the quality of pediatric services, the needs of parents and children, health disparities, other influences on health outcomes, and innovative models that promote children’s health and development.  

Key research initiatives for 2024 include:

  • The emotional well-being of children and parents during times of conflict: A longitudinal survey: in collaboration with Professor Zachi Grossman of the Israel Pediatric Association; Professor Mary Rudolf, Bar Ilan University; and Professor Eitan Kerem, Hadassah Academic Medical Center.
  • Public perceptions of the quality of healthcare services for children: conducted in partnership with the Brookdale Institute.
  • Parental concerns regarding the development of young children from diverse demographic groups in Israel: conducted in collaboration with the HMO Kupat Holim Clalit and led by Dr. Dorit Shmueli, Professor Ortal Slobodin, Professor Mary Rudolf, and Professor Eitan Kerem. Funded by a research grant from the Ministry of Education.
  • Characterizing and designing the role of pediatricians in promoting children’s mental health within the community, in collaboration with the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Hadassah Ein Kerem Academic Medical Center, Dr. Amit Shalev, and Dr. Tony Guttentag from Tel Aviv University. Funded by the National Institute for Health Services Research.
  • A mixed method feasibility study of an innovative pediatric service for encopresis and enuresis, conducted in collaboration with the Me’uchedet HMO and led by Dr. Efrat Wechsler, Dr. Hadassa Tron, Dr. Menachem Bitan, and Dr. Einat Yaakobovich. Funded by research grants from the Me’uchedet HMO and the Ministry of Health.
  • Formative evaluation of all activities undertaken by the Goshen Association, aimed at fostering data-driven decision-making, and assessing the outcomes of the range of association initiatives.
  • An evaluation study of the PBP Model in Tipat Halav program: Partnership for Beneficial Parenting in the neonatal period and early childhood delivered in Mother and Infant clinics. In collaboration with Dr. Shiran Bord from the Jezreel Valley College and Dr. Yuval Paldi from the Tovanot Institute.


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