Principles and policies to strengthen child and adolescent health and well-being

James M. Perrin, Greg Duncan, Angela Diaz, Kelly Kelleher

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Four recent reports from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine framed around the issues of poverty; mental, emotional, and behavioral health; adolescence; and young family health and education build on extensive recent evidence of what can be done to improve the health and well-being of children, youth, and families. We describe the process of generating the reports, briefly summarize each report’s content, and identify crosscutting themes and recommendations. We also note how the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic highlights major disparities and systemic problems addressed in the reports and heightens the relevance of their policy recommendations. The reports issue a unified, urgent call for measures with the potential to change the trajectory and outcomes for children and youth. Among these are basic income supports, other family supports, universal health care structured to meet family needs, and a broad national policy that prioritizes children and youth.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1677-1683
Number of pages7
JournalHealth Affairs
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2020


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