Who will speak for the children? is the question posed by Judith S. Palfrey, a pediatrician and child advocate who confronts unconscionable disparities in U.S. health care-a system that persistently fails sick and disabled children despite annual expenditures of $1.8 trillion.
In Child Health in America, Palfrey explores the meaning of advocacy to children's health and describes how health providers, community agencies, teachers, parents, and others can work together to bring about needed change. Palfrey presents a conceptual framework for child health advocacy consisting of four interconnected components: clinical, group, professional, and legislative. Describing each of these concepts in useful and compelling detail, she is also careful to provide examples of best practices.
This original and progressive work affirms the urgent need for child advocacy and provides valuable guidance to those seeking to participate in efforts to help all children live healthier, happier lives.
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Number of pages: 312
Weight: 544 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm
Dr. Palfrey presents a well-designed, articulate description of the political climate surrounding pediatric health care... Pediatric clinicians, politicians, students, and practitioners of health policy will be well-served by a read of this text to best understand what tools and information are needed. -- Bryan R. Fine, MD, MPH * JAMA *
A must read if you are at all serious about health advocacy for children... thank you Judith Palfrey. Thank you for not shying away from the difficult issues, thank you for bringing it all together, and thank you for creating a must-read text... I am a better child health advocate after having read this book. -- George L. Askew, MD, FAAP * Ambulatory Pediatrics *