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Children's health, the nation's wealth [electronic resource] : assessing and improving child health /
Committee on Evaluation of Children's Health, Board on Children, Youth, and Families, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, National Research Council and Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.
imprint
Washington, D.C. : National Academies Press, c2004.
description
xi, 324 p. : ill.
ISBN
0309091187, 9780309091183
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Book
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This report from the Committee on Evaluation of Children's Health, formed by the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine, assesses foundation issues related to the development of an updated and comprehensive children's health measurement system. The committee's work encompassed defining children's health in a manner to reflect current realities of the multiple factors that impact it; identifying categories of influences and developing a new conceptual model of these influences; and identifying current methods of collecting and using information, including assessing current data systems. Conclusions and recommendations are proposed for moving toward a more comprehensive, contemporary approach to measuring and using information pertaining to children's health. Clear cross-referencing of existing national surveys regarding child health is appended. Although geared to an audience of federal, state, and local policy makers, this book offers both a broad perspective in its review of existing literature on the various topics considered and a clearly articulated rationale behind the recommendations; these will be useful to anyone seeking an understanding of the challenges in improving the health of children in the US. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals/practitioners. R. A. Brugna York College (NY)
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Children#39;s health has clearly improved over the past several decades. Significant and positive gains have been made in lowering rates of infant mortality and morbidity from infectious diseases and accidental causes, improved access to health care, and reduction in the effects of environmental contaminants such as lead. Yet major questions still remain about how to assess the status of children's health, what factors should be monitored, and the appropriate measurement tools that should be used. Children's Health, the Nation's Wealth: Assessing and Improving Child Health provides a detailed examination of the information about children's health that is needed to help policy makers and program providers at the federal, state, and local levels. In order to improve children's health -- and, thus, the health of future generations -- it is critical to have data that can be used to assess both current conditions and possible future threats to children's health. This compelling book describes what is known about the health of children and what is needed to expand the knowledge. By strategically improving the health of children, we ensure healthier future generations to come.
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Children's health has clearly improved over the past several decades. Significant and positive gains have been made in lowering rates of infant mortality and morbidity from infectious diseases and accidental causes, improved access to health care, and reduction in the effects of environmental contaminants such as lead. Yet major questions still remain about how to assess the status of children's health, what factors should be monitored, and the appropriate measurement tools that should be used. Children's Health, the Nation's Wealth: Assessing and Improving Child Health provides a detailed examination of the information about children's health that is needed to help policy makers and program providers at the federal, state, and local levels. In order to improve children's health -- and, thus, the health of future generations -- it is critical to have data that can be used to assess both current conditions and possible future threats to children's health. This compelling book describes what is known about the health of children and what is needed to expand the knowledge. By strategically improving the health of children, we ensure healthier future generations to come.
Description for Bookstore
Children's health has clearly improved over the past several decades. Significant and positive gains have been made in lowering rates of infant mortality and morbidity from infectious diseases and accidental causes, improved access to health care, and reduction in the effects of environmental contaminants such as lead. Yet major questions still remain about how to assess the status of children's health, what factors should be monitored, and the appropriate measurement tools that should be used. Children's Health, the Nation's Wealth: Assessing and Improving Child Healthprovides a detailed examination of the information about children's health that is needed to help policy makers and program providers at the federal, state, and local levels. In order to improve children's health -- and, thus, the health of future generations -- it is critical to have data that can be used to assess both current conditions and possible future threats to children's health. This compelling book describes what is known about the health of children and what is needed to expand the knowledge. By strategically improving the health of children, we ensure healthier future generations to come.
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Children's health has clearly improved over the past several decades. Significant and positive gains have been made in lowering rates of infant mortality and morbidity from infectious diseases and accidental causes, improved access to health care, and reduction in the effects of environmental contaminants such as lead. Yet major questions still remain about how to assess the status of children's health, what factors should be monitored, and the appropriate measurement tools that should be used. "Little Things Count provides a detailed examination of the information about children's health that is needed to help policy makers and program providers at the federal, state, and local levels. In order to improve children's health--and, thus, the health of future generations--it is critical to have data that can be used to assess both current conditions and possible future threats to children's health. This compelling book describes what is known about the health of children and what is needed to expandthe knowledge. By strategically improving the health of children, we ensure healthier future generations to come.
Table of Contents
Executive Summaryp. 1
Introductionp. 13
Children's Health: A New Conceptual Frameworkp. 28
Influences on Children's Healthp. 45
Measuring Children's Healthp. 91
Measuring Influences on Children's Healthp. 116
Developing State and Local Data Systemsp. 164
Conclusions and Recommendationsp. 192
Referencesp. 211
Appendixes
Datasets for Measuring Children's Health and Influences on Children's Healthp. 253
Gaps Analysis of Measures of Children's Health and Influences on Children's Health in Select National Surveysp. 262
Selected Indicators from National Children's Data Synthesesp. 288
Glossaryp. 302
Acronymsp. 305
Biographical Sketches of Committee Members and Staffp. 308
Indexp. 315
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