Eric Fleegler, MD MPH FAAP
Boston Children’s Hospital, Division of Emergency Medicine
Dr. Eric Fleegler is a pediatric emergency physician and health services researcher at Boston Children’s Hospital. He has a longstanding interest in evaluating the effects of poverty on health at individual and neighborhood levels and in particular focuses on interventions to improve social determinants. While at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine he founded the United Community Clinics, a multidisciplinary free clinic uniting 6 graduate schools that still sees over 2000 patients a year, 22 years later. During residency at Boston Children’s and Boston Medical Center he developed the “Advocacy Code Card” to help clinicians find resources for patients. During his health services research fellowship he developed what became “HelpSteps” a web and app-based system to connect families to social services. Through a partnership he established between the Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Children’s Hospital, Mass-211 and the Greater Boston Food Bank, HelpSteps now includes over 22,000 resources covering all of Massachusetts. His additional work includes firearm injury research, developing TriVox Health – a system for chronic disease management, and distinguished teaching at Harvard Medical School in the Introduction to Social Medicine course.