Director, Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Miami
Judy Schaechter, M.D., M.B.A., is professor and chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and chief of service at Holtz Children’s Hospital at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Schaechter is a general pediatrician with special interests in adolescence, injury and violence prevention, education, and community health. She currently or recently served as senior advisor to the Florida Children’s Movement, president of the national Injury Free Coalition for Kids, gubernatorial appointee to the Florida Children and Youth Cabinet, and board member of The Children’s Trust, where as chair of the Health Committee, she led the creation of HealthConnect, launching health teams in 170 schools and initiation home visitation for families in Miami-Dade County. Dr. Schaechter served as the child health policy expert on the Florida Healthy Kids Corporation board for eight years, chairing the Finance/Audit and Satisfaction/Quality Committees. She is an elected member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Injury, Violence, and Poison Prevention and a member of the American Pediatric Society. As a board member of the Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties, Dr. Schaechter, chairs the Program and Policy Committee as well as the Early Head Start Health Advisory Task Force. Dr. Schaechter has a national reputation advocating for child safety, access to care, health promotion, professional diversity and wellness. She has effected policy change in firearm injury prevention, vaccination supply and scheduling, quality education and freedom of speech. Judy continues to care for patients, both in the office and the hospital.