Giving Gratitude

A Message from the President 

As we approach Thanksgiving, I want to thank TPS members and staff for their hard work in support of the children of Texas. Special appreciation goes to those working in hospitals, emergency rooms, and in outpatient settings who are handling the stresses of the current surge in cases of influenza, RSV, and other respiratory viruses in the context of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The hours are long, and the work is challenging.

Maybe thinking about the bigger picture in such circumstances feels like too much. But I want to share the following principles—a framework the Harvard Center on the Developing Child has advanced to improve outcomes for children and families  Three Principles to Improve Outcomes for Children and Families, 2021 Update —in a spirit of perspective and affirmation. Reflecting on the lifelong impact of challenging work can help renew our energy in a demanding season. When we place our efforts in the context of the important influence that we have on patient outcomes and the direction we set for our healthcare institutions, the value of those long hours is evident in powerful ways.

These three principles—supporting responsive relationships, strengthening core skills, and reducing sources of stress—can improve outcomes for families and offer a path toward the kind of results that can broaden our gratification when the demands of a busy practice feel onerous. Circling back to Thanksgiving, I am thankful for the privilege that families give to me in allowing me to be part of their lives and to participate in the care of their children. And I am thankful to all of you as you support the health and well-being of the children of Texas. Happy Thanksgiving!

Louis Appel, MD, MPH, FAAP
TPS President

Giving Gratitude: A Message from your TPS Staff 
Thanksgiving is an opportunity to reflect on our time with family and friends. With so much going on over the past two years, we cannot begin to express our gratitude for you, our beloved TPS members. As your professional society, we are thankful for your support, energy, and courage to keep Texas children safe, happy, and healthy during these challenging and difficult times. From our family to yours, have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving holiday.
In observance of the holiday the TPS office will close at early on Wednesday, November 24 through Friday, November 26.