Community Child Health: An Action Plan for Today

Community Child Health: An Action Plan for Today

Community Child Health: An Action Plan for Today

Community Child Health: An Action Plan for Today

Synopsis

Community Child Health documents the current world of American children, pointing to the sources of ill health, and elaborates on an action plan to shift the emphasis in child health care outside the office, beyond the clinic door. It offers practical guidance to child health professionals who wish to collaborate with schools, special education programs, group care programs, fostercare, and the juvenile justice system.

Excerpt

The American health care system is second to none in its ability to bring the latest technologic biomedical breakthroughs to an individual patient. Unfortunately, the tremendous scientific accomplishments of this century stand in stark contrast to the nation's near impotence in approaching health problems that result from the interplay of social, economic, and biologic factors. Children are particularly vulnerable to health problems that stem from the complex relationship of environment and physiology. To protect our children's health, there is an urgent need for a better conceptualization of our approach to their care. To promote our children's well-being, we need a plan of action.

This book is offered as a step in that direction. It grows from clinical encounters and research experience at the Children's Hospital in Boston. Each year, our training curriculum for fellows and residents has focused increasingly on community concerns. It has become more and more evident that there is a body of knowledge that can inform action in the community. While there are many facts, figures, theories, instruments, and techniques, they are scattered throughout the literature of many disciplines. This book aims to consolidate information and place it within the theoretical frame of "community child health." The ultimate goal is to offer useful guidance to practitioners and trainees who recognize that both our problems and our solutions lie at the community base.

This book is for pediatricians, family practitioners, nurses, social workers, child psychiatrists and psychologists, maternal and child health practitioners, and all those who consider themselves as "child health profes-

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