15th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect
ACYF Commissioner's Award Book
Joyce Gilbert, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Dr. Joyce Gilbert moved to Sandpoint, Idaho, 20 years ago to practice pediatrics in a small rural community and to make a difference in the lives of the children she cares for in North Idaho. Dr. Gilbert makes a difference on a daily basis, advocating for all children: children with disabilities, children who have been neglected or abused, and children affected by prenatal drug exposure. An active member of the Multidisciplinary Bonner County Child Abuse Task Force Team, she also served for four years on the Governor's Child Mortality Review Board.
Dr. Gilbert's newest passion is drug-affected infants. In 2003, she attended the first Idaho Drug Endangered Children (DEC) Conference and was a featured speaker at the second Conference in 2004. Dr. Gilbert has assisted in implementing the DEC protocol in Region I and has developed a data base within her office to track methamphetamine exposed infants and children.
Her efforts to disseminate information about drug exposed infants to local law enforcement, judges, health care professionals, and schools persist. Dr. Gilbert also works closely with local law enforcement, Department of Health and Welfare social workers, and the Prosecutor's office to advocate on behalf of the children of North Dakota.