Jessamy Taylor, MPP
This Forum session offered an opportunity to look broadly at the many factors beyond health insurance coverage and health care services that influence the health status of children. Speakers discussed the evidence base for the effect of social and environmental influences, individual health behaviors, genetics, and medical care on child well-being. Gaps in the evidence base, and the role the National Children’s Study might play in filling these gaps, were also addressed. A vision for improving children’s health that expands on the medical model by placing significant emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention strategies and on better integration of population-based health and health financing systems was discussed. A clinician’s perspective on the challenge of improving child well-being in the midst of these multiple factors was provided.
Deborah Klein Walker, EdD, Vice President, Health Division, Abt Associates, Inc. President, American Public Health Association; Philip J. Landrigan, MD, Director, Center for Children’s Health and the Environment, Assistant Professor, Department of Community and Preventive Medicine and Department of Pediatrics, Mount Sinai School of Medicine; Cyd Campbell, MD, Medical Director, Health Services for Children with Special Needs, Inc.