Community Child Health: An Action Plan for Today

Paperback | October 1, 1995

byJudith S. Palfrey

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Community Child Health is designed to orient physicians, nurses, social workers, public health officers, and allied professionals to the world of children and to help them devise practice styles and priorities in concert with the current needs of children. Palfrey's central thesis is that society has lost sight of children, and, as a result, we have done a very poor job of structuring the environment to nurture them as they grow. Ironically, communities are breaking apart just at the time when families need them the most, leaving children vulnerable, confused, and isolated. The health consequences include poor school performance, behavioral problems, injuries, early sexuality, drug and alcohol use, weapons possession, homicide, and suicide. The medical professions can have a major impact in reversing these social and health problems. Palfrey has designed this book to equip such professionals with the conceptual frame, data base, and practical tips and tools that will result in improved results in the growth and development of children. It is an advocate's manual, a cookbook for the program planner, and a guide for the child health professional seeking improvements in community child care.

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Community Child Health is designed to orient physicians, nurses, social workers, public health officers, and allied professionals to the world of children and to help them devise practice styles and priorities in concert with the current needs of children. Palfrey's central thesis is that society has lost sight of children, and, as a r...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 9.14 × 6.08 × 0.95 inPublished:October 1, 1995Publisher:Praeger Publishers

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ISBN - 10:0275954722

ISBN - 13:9780275954727

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?Judith Palfrey has written a well-organized, readable book about children's health as it is affected by forces in the community. Physicians, social workers, and community health workers, as well as politicians and others who shape public policy, would benefit from reading it....Palfrey is a leader in applying the resources of Children's Hospital of Boston, well known for highly technical tertiary care activies, to the preventative and continuing-care issues of children. Her personal approaches and her review of the experience of others will prove invaluable to anyone interested in meeting the challenge of child health care today. This book will benefit generalists working with the community and specialists who wish to provide the best environment for their chronically ill children. I can do no better than repeat the contention of Julius Richmond in the foreword, that this work represents a 'seminal volume for child health workers.'??The New England Journal of Medicine