Academic journal article The Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health

Child Health in America: Making a Difference through Advocacy

Academic journal article The Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health

Child Health in America: Making a Difference through Advocacy

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Child health in America: Making a difference through advocacy By J.S. Palfrey. Published by Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD, 2006. Paperback 312pp. ISBN 9780801884535

In the age of the nation-state with its centralized functions, the role of the individual seems diminished. People expect 'them' to deliver special care to the vulnerable and needy, but it is, of course, the needs of individuals in unique circumstances which social policy tends to slight.

Dr Judith Palfrey, a paediatrician, has chosen to address advocacy, the process in which, 'The advocate sees and hears and speaks up', as she puts it. Obviously there is more to advocacy than a 'vox clamantis' style in Hyde Park. What is called for is shaping change as a controlled social process towards concrete ends.

This book addresses advocacy for child health in the United States. There is a review of current programmes leavened with the names of people recently or currently active in a variety of ways. Readers will find much that is applicable to the situation in the United Kingdom, and to programmes outside the medical complex. For example, Table 6. …

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