The Committee on Evaluation of Children’s Health: Measures of Risk,
Protective, and Promotional Factors for Assessing Child Health in the Community was
formed to examine key issues regarding the definition and measurement of
children’s health, influences that affect children’s health, and the
optimal use of data on children’s health. Specifically, the committee was
charged with considering these questions:
How is children’s health defined? Are these definitions appropriate?
If not, what is an appropriate definition of children’s health?
What data and methods are being used to assess and monitor children’s
health at the federal, state, and local levels? Are these data and methods
adequate and appropriate? If not, what types of data and methods are needed
and what are the strategies for their development and application? How could
new technologies be used to link individual, family, community, and clinical
data to assess and monitor children’s health? What are the technical
challenges and limitations for linking such data?
What are the risk, protective, and promotional factors to children’s
health, safety, and well-being? What data and methods are used to assess and
monitor these factors? Are these data and methods adequate and appropriate?
What new assessment tools or methods are needed and what are the strategies
for their development and application?
Ideally, how should data be used to inform both policy and practice to ensure
children’s health, safety, and well-being? What are the ethical
considerations in obtaining such data and in their application?
This study was supported by contract number
282-99-0045, task order number 6 between the National Academy of Sciences and the
Department of Health and Human Services. Supplementary funding for a report
synthesis and dissemination of the report and report synthesis was supported by
contract number N01-OD-4-2139, task order number 125.
National Research Council and Institute of Medicine.
(2004). Children’s Health, the Nation’s Wealth:
Assessing and Improving Child Health. Committee on Evaluation of
Children’s Health. Board on Children, Youth, and Families, Division of
Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education. Washington, DC: The National
Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication
are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the
organizations or agencies that provided support for the project.
NOTICE: The project that is the subject of this report was approved by the Governing
Board of the National Research Council, whose members are drawn from the councils of
the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the
Institute of Medicine. The members of the committee responsible for the report were
chosen for their special competences and with regard for appropriate balance.
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