Children’s Health Policy Update: Fall 2019
As 2019 draws to a close, we’re sharing an update on policies and public programs that impact children’s health outcomes. We’ve included breastfeeding legislation passed over the summer, important legislation to watch in the coming months, and insights on vital public programs and funding needs for fiscal year 2020.
How Co-Created Goals Support Social Emotional Development
Social emotional development, which begins in infancy, helps children learn to understand their emotions and sustain positive relationships with others. When pediatric providers partner with families to co-create goals to support their children’s social emotional development, in the same way they do to promote children’s overall health and wellness, children thrive.
Strengthening the Developmental Screening Process
Two counties in southeast Kansas are streamlining early childhood systems to ensure effective developmental screenings and referrals to supportive services to improve children’s developmental health outcomes.
Family Advocates Demand More from Their Government
An advocacy group led by and for parents and community members spearheaded a campaign for funding to address lead in the homes throughout their city. Their successes illustrates the vital impact families play in advocating for policy change on behalf of children. Here, two parent leaders share their experiences and advice for supporting family-led civic engagement.
Five Ways Pediatrics Can Support Social Emotional Development
For children to succeed at school and build healthy relationships, they need to be able to express and experience emotions, self regulate, and manage challenges and conflict. By working with families to support social emotional development, pediatric health professionals can set children up for a successful future. From supporting breastfeeding to improving conversations with parents, here are five strategies all pediatric practices can tap.
North Carolina’s Strategy to Address Social Determinants of Health
North Carolina is developing a system that connects individuals with resources to address social, economic and environmental barriers to their health—such as housing, food insecurity, and transportation. By putting funding and policy efforts into addressing social determinants of health, North Carolina is building a system that can improve health outcomes for children and families across the state.