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Introduction to Child and Adolescent Health

FA15-HTH 370- 1/14/16

Kim Hartzler-Weakley

on 14 January 2016

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Transcript of Introduction to Child and Adolescent Health

Introduction to Child and Adolescent Health
Basic Demographics
Why do we care about child and adolescent health?
Where do we begin?
Group Activity
-Get into small groups and look through the data briefs (reading assignment)
-Talk through the questions in the worksheet
-As a group decide what are the top 3 key issues facing America's children and adolescents? Justify your answer with supporitng data. What are the implications?
-Share with the class
January 14, 2016
Ages 0-24 =
34.5% of population
Children undergo rapid/continuous developmental changes
Cognitive, emotional, social, physical.
Children related to health
Many health conditions & leading causes of death (behaviors) begin in childhood.
Health of adults depends partly on quality of care they receive as children.
Children have unique health & developmental needs…
Poor, minority and/or uninsured children experience disparities in health care.
Incomplete immunization
No medical ‘home’
Minority less likely to receive proven Tx. Like meds for asthma, ADHD, etc…
Is not always accessible, timely, or patient-centered.
Access to proper health care
Healthcare for children/adolescents
Fewer children affected by relatively large # of rare diseases.
Typically experience short or recurrent illnesses, death relatively rare.
Children have different disease patterns and manifestations
Class answers
Sarah-Jayne Blakemore: The mysterious workings of the adolescent brain
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