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TEAM UP’s Learning Healthcare System

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Megan Bair-Merritt, MD, MSCE is Evaluation Co-Director of TEAM UP for Children and Professor of Pediatrics at Boston University/Boston Medical Center (BMC). Dr. Bair-Merritt is a board-certified pediatrician with extensive training in epidemiologic methods.  She is an expert in intimate partner violence and child health, and has extensive experience successfully completing RCTs and large primary data collection studies enrolling urban families from health care settings. Dr. Bair-Merritt’s work also includes studies examining rates of psychosocial adversity in primary care and use of EMR data to examine outcomes of infants born to mothers with post-partum depression. 

Chris Sheldrick, PhD is Evaluation Co-Director of TEAM UP for Children and an Associate Professor at the Boston University School of Public Health. Dr. Sheldrick’s research focuses on the science and practice of clinical decision making, spanning from instrument development to implementation and evaluation of screening protocols. Collaborating with Dr. Ellen Perrin, Dr. Sheldrick helped to create the Survey of Well-being of Young Children (, a freely-available comprehensive screening instrument for young children. In addition, Dr. Sheldrick has received training in systems science and decision analysis through a KM1 fellowship, and his current research harnesses these methods to address health disparities in behavioral health care for children.

Anita Morris, MSN, FNP-BC is Director of Practice Transformation for TEAM UP for Children.  She is a certified family nurse practitioner whose locus of clinical practice has always been in the Safety Net, working in community health centers with underserved populations.  In 2001, Ms. Morris joined East Boston Neighborhood Health Center (EBNHC), where she led the development of new approaches to clinical care including patient‐centered practice design, establishment of the Chronic Disease Education and Management department, the Senior Care Options program, and a patient flow redesign of the on-site Satellite Emergency Facility, eventually serving as the health center’s Chief Operating Officer (COO). Prior to joining TEAM UP, Ms. Morris provided independent consulting services on various topics, including clinical model design, healthcare payment reform, and workforce development.

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