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Child Health

The child health topic area includes indicators related to or prevalence of health conditions among infants, children, and adolescents. It includes basic demographics such as child population, birth information, child care, and physical activity. Health intervention and prevention information related to screenings and immunizations is listed. This topic area also has information related to health issues such as birth defects, oral health, injuries, developmental delays, diseases, weight concerns, and substance use.

A goal of child public health is to improve "the extent to which individual children or groups of children are able or enabled to (a) develop and realize their potential, (b) satisfy their needs, and (c) develop the capacities that allow them to interact successfully with their biological, physical, and social environments."1


1. National Research Council and Institute of Medicine. Children's Health, the Nation's Wealth: Assessing and Improving Child Health. Washington, DC: National Academies Press; 2004.
Early detection and intervention can help improve management of chronic health conditions or prevent long term health issues into adulthood. Targeting child health is considered important in order to eventually achieve a healthy adult population.

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Content updated: Thu, 10 Aug 2017 16:26:47 MDT