16th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect
ACYF Commissioner's Award Book
Deborah Shropshire, MD
Dr. Deborah Shropshire believes strongly that child abuse and neglect can be prevented with the right supports for children and services for their families. Upon graduation from the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine, Dr. Shropshire intended to be an emergency room pediatrician until she attended a class focusing on child abuse and neglect and developed a commitment to child abuse and neglect prevention.
Currently, Dr. Shropshire serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, University of Oklahoma, and as the Medical Director for the Children and Family Services Division of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. As Medical Director and pediatrician for the children placed in the Department's emergency shelter, she examines and provides medical care for the children who, in addition to being in a crisis situation, frequently have had little regular medical care. Dr. Shropshire also acts as a readily available resource for staff and foster parents in addressing medical concerns for children in the Department's custody.
In 2006, Dr. Shropshire proved instrumental in establishing and now continues in the capacity of staff member of the Fostering Hope Clinic, a medical home for children in foster care in Oklahoma County and a model of coordinated medical services for children in the child welfare system. Often a presenter, she speaks enthusiastically and passionately about the child welfare system and its staff, emphasizing the importance of coordinated medical services for children.
At this time, Dr. Shropshire is completing a master's degree in health administration and policy. A member of the Oklahoma Child and Family Services Statewide Assessment Committee, she also will serve as a reviewer during the Oklahoma Child and Family Services Review in August.