Clinical Interests: Interdisciplinary, family‐focused neonatal intensive care and investigation of targeting newborn respiratory support
Scholarly Focus: Dr. Hedstrom’s clinical research focuses on the implementation of care for small and sick newborns in resource limited settings globally. In particular, she researches ways to provide safe, ethically sound and scientifically supported continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) for newborns. In addition, she designed and oversees a novel data collection process in a rural Ugandan NICU with which outcomes can be assessed real‐time. Recent research focused on the use of a respiratory severity score as a tool to predict increased respiratory support and CPAP failure after birth. She serves as a technical advisor to the American Academy of Pediatrics in Ghana and on an ECHO quality improvement project in Ethiopia.
2012‐ For International Travel to Uganda. I provide annual nursing and physician educational updates on neonatal topics, assist in design of unit protocols for care delivery and data collection and support the implementation of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) and oxygen blending” in the Kiwoko Hospital NICU. Adara Development. Total Award: ~$2,500 annually
2019‐2021 Validation and Feasibility Study of a Low‐Cost Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Kit and Oxygen Blender for Neonates. US Agency for International Development. Role: PI, Total Award: $250,000
2019‐2024 Mobile WACh NEO: Mobile Solutions for Neonatal Health and Maternal Support. NICHD RO1. Role: co‐investigator. Total award: $2,900,000
2021‐2026 Mobile WACh CHV‐NEO: Community‐based digital communications to support neonatal health in Kenya. Role: co‐investigator. Total award: $719,000
Administration/Education Roles: Dr. Hedstrom is the Associate Medical Director of the neonatal unit at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett. Her teaching includes medical students, residents, neonatology fellows, nurse practitioners and physician assistants at the Providence Everett, University of Washington and Seattle Children’s neonatal units as well as instructing providers in the community and abroad in neonatal care and resuscitation.