Optimizing the Wellbeing of Children: Pediatricians and Public Health
Pediatricians are simply public health clinicians on the front lines. “According to Alice A Kuo, MD, Ph.D., MBA, from the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, A population-based approach and cooperation between pediatrics and public health are needed to ensure children's optimum health. The control and treatment of chronic illnesses, obesity, injury, infectious diseases, and other concerns, as well as the prevention of significant risks to children's wellbeing (such as behavioral health issues).
Multiple levels of disease prevention involving the infant, family, and society necessitate the convergence of clinical practice with public health actions. While pediatricians and public health practitioners often collaborate to benefit children and their families, greater integration of the two disciplines is essential for improving child health on a personal and population level.
What are pediatricians and public health?
For improving child outcomes such as mental wellbeing and obesity, coordination between pediatricians and those in the public health sector is critical., According to a policy statement published by the AAP.
They are fulfilling society's interest in ensuring that people can live safe lives. The National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) also recognizes three primary public health functions: evaluation, assurance, and policy development.
Following factors should be maintained:
The following factors should be kept to ensure successful cooperation between pediatricians and those in the public health sector:
A shared aim to improve community health.
community participation in defining and addressing needs.
unity in leading these initiatives; sustainability.
For data and analyses of relevant information, transparency and collaboration are needed.
Pediatricians’ Role in Public Health
Pediatricians act as public health agents. By preventing diseases in their patients (for example, by facilitating immunizations), managing disorders, and supporting healthy lifestyles.
Pediatricians are also the first to learn about a public health problem. They must report it to the local or state health department (e.g., a child with meningitis, a family testing positive for tuberculosis, or a child in daycare with lead poisoning).
Pediatricians also perform one of the three primary public health practice roles, such as determining a person's health status and needs, ensuring that appropriate resources are provided, or establishing legislation.
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