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Hank T. Puls, MD

InstitutionChildren's Mercy Kansas City
Address2401 Gilham Rd
Kansas City MO 64108
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    TitleAssociate Professor of Pediatrics
    InstitutionUniversity of Missouri-Kansas City

    TitleClinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
    InstitutionUniversity of Kansas Medical Center

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    University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, KSMD
    Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, ORResidency

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    The overarching goal of Dr. Puls’ research agenda is to reduce child maltreatment, particularly physical abuse among infants and young children. In pursuit of this goal, he is actively engaged in research investigating public policies and programs with the capacity to improve the well-being of children and families. He is also interested in improving the equitable and accurate identification and reporting of child maltreatment within health care systems.

    Secondarily, Dr. Puls remains engaged in health services research of conditions common to pediatric hospital medicine, namely respiratory diseases in hospitalized children and has served as the site-PI for 4 NIAID-funded studies investigating asthma outcomes among a prospective cohort of infants hospitalized with bronchiolitis. Dr. Puls completed a NICHD R25-funded Summer Training Institute for Research in Child Abuse and Neglect in 2017 and graduated from the Academic Pediatric Association’s Research Scholars Program in 2020.
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         (Puls, Hank M.D.)Jul 1, 2022 - Jun 30, 2024
    The National Foundation to End Child Abuse and Neglect (EndCAN)
    Protective Factors Against Child Maltreatment and Engagement in Home Visiting
    Role Description: This study aims to 1) compare the frequency of protective factors against child maltreatment among new mothers with and without individual risk factors for abuse, by levels of cumulative risk, and by race/ethnicity, and 2) determine which protective and risk factors and which combination of factors are most associated with voluntary engagement in the home visiting. Study results should provide better clarity on how well (or not well) home visiting is engaging families at the greatest risk for abuse and their capacity to benefit from programming. In turn, our results should be able to inform recruitment strategies and possibly improve the efficacy of home visiting in the future.
    Role: Principle Investigator

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    1. Puls HT, Chung PJ, Anderson C. Universal Child Care as a Policy to Prevent Child Maltreatment. Pediatrics. 2022 08 01; 150(2). PMID: 35909150.
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    2. Puls HT, Hall M, Anderst JD, Gurley T, Perrin J, Chung PJ. State Spending on Public Benefit Programs and Child Maltreatment. Pediatrics. 2021 11; 148(5). PMID: 34663680.
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    3. Mansbach JM, Qi YS, Espinola JA, Hasegawa K, Puls HT, Sullivan AF, Camargo CA. Late Pre-term Infants with Severe Bronchiolitis and Risk of Asthma by Age 5 Years. J Pediatr. 2022 02; 241:247-250.e1. PMID: 34599916.
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    4. Puls HT, Hall M, Frazier T, Schultz K, Anderst JD. Association of routine school closures with child maltreatment reporting and substantiation in the United States; 2010-2017. Child Abuse Negl. 2021 10; 120:105257. PMID: 34391127.
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    5. Krager MK, Puls HT, Bettenhausen JL, Hall M, Thurm C, Plencner LM, Markham JL, Noelke C, Beck AF. The Child Opportunity Index 2.0 and Hospitalizations for Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions. Pediatrics. 2021 08; 148(2). PMID: 34215676.
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    6. Apfeld JC, Crichton KG, Minneci PC, Puls HT, Cooper JN. Identification of physical abuse-related hospitalizations in young children: Impact of the transition to ICD-10-CM coding. Child Abuse Negl. 2021 08; 118:105159. PMID: 34147940.
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    7. Austin AE, Gest C, Atkeson A, Berkoff MC, Puls HT, Shanahan ME. Prenatal Substance Exposure and Child Maltreatment: A Systematic Review. Child Maltreat. 2022 05; 27(2):290-315. PMID: 33550839.
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    8. Kaiser SV, Kornblith AE, Richardson T, Pantell MS, Fleegler EW, Fritz CQ, Parikh K, Zagel A, Sills MR, Souza HG, Goyal MK, Hogan AH, Heller KR, DeLaroche AM, Cooper JN, Puls HT. Emergency Visits and Hospitalizations for Child Abuse During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Pediatrics. 2021 04; 147(4). PMID: 33380432.
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    9. Virani AK, Puls HT, Mitsos R, Longstaff H, Goldman RD, Lantos JD. Benefits and Risks of Visitor Restrictions for Hospitalized Children During the COVID Pandemic. Pediatrics. 2020 08; 146(2). PMID: 32430441.
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    10. Puls HT, Anderst JD, Farst K, Hall M. Intrauterine Substance Exposure and the Risk for Subsequent Physical Abuse Hospitalizations. Acad Pediatr. 2020 May - Jun; 20(4):468-474. PMID: 32081768.
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    11. Puls HT, Anderst JD, Davidson A, Hall M. Trends in the Use of Administrative Codes for Physical Abuse Hospitalizations. JAMA Pediatr. 2020 01 01; 174(1):91-93. PMID: 31682708.
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    12. Puls HT, Hall M, Anderst JD, Leventhal JM, Chung PJ. Insurance Coverage for Children Impacts Reporting of Child Maltreatment by Healthcare Professionals. J Pediatr. 2020 01; 216:181-188.e1. PMID: 31685226.
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    13. Puls HT, Anderst JD, Bettenhausen JL, Clark N, Krager M, Markham JL, Hall M. Newborn Risk Factors for Subsequent Physical Abuse Hospitalizations. Pediatrics. 2019 02; 143(2). PMID: 30683813.
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    14. Puls HT, Bettenhausen JL, Markham JL, Walker JM, Drake B, Kyler KE, Queen MA, Hall M. Urban-Rural Residence and Child Physical Abuse Hospitalizations: A National Incidence Study. J Pediatr. 2019 02; 205:230-235.e2. PMID: 30392871.
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    15. Puls HT, Plencner L, Krager M, Frazier TN, Hall M, Bettenhausen JL. The Diagnostic Accuracy of In-Hospital Weight Gain for Differentiating Neglect From Other Failure to Thrive Etiologies. Hosp Pediatr. 2018 10; 8(10):620-627. PMID: 30254115.
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    16. Bettenhausen JL, Hall M, Colvin JD, Puls HT, Chung PJ. The Effect of Lowering Public Insurance Income Limits on Hospitalizations for Low-Income Children. Pediatrics. 2018 08; 142(2). PMID: 29987166.
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    17. Puls HT, Anderst JD, Bettenhausen JL, Masonbrink A, Markham JL, Plencner L, Krager M, Johnson MB, Walker JM, Greeley CS, Hall M. Potential Opportunities for Prevention or Earlier Diagnosis of Child Physical Abuse in the Inpatient Setting. Hosp Pediatr. 2018 Jan 25. PMID: 29371238.
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    18. Bettenhausen JL, Colvin JD, Berry JG, Puls HT, Markham JL, Plencner LM, Krager MK, Johnson MB, Queen MA, Walker JM, Latta GM, Riss RR, Hall M. Association of Income Inequality With Pediatric Hospitalizations for Ambulatory Care-Sensitive Conditions. JAMA Pediatr. 2017 06 05; 171(6):e170322. PMID: 28384773.
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