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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Forum on Promoting Children's Cognitive Affective and Behavioral Health
Forum on Promoting Children's Cognitive Affective and Behavioral Health
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

Perspective Papers

National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Perspectives are expert commentaries and
discussion papers by leading voices in health and health care.

Perspectives are not reports of the NAM or the National Academies of Sciences,
Engineering, and Medicine and therefore are not subject to their review processes.

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Accountable Communities for Health for Children and Families: Approaches for Catalyzing and Accelerating Success

Child health is unique. Unlike adults, children are rapidly developing—physically, cognitively, socially, and emotionally. They are highly susceptible to positive and negative interactions with adults, especially parents and caregivers. A child’s epidemiology also differs from adults as they generally have fewer chronic ailments and diseases...
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Engaging Business Commentary  Business Engagement to Promote Healthy Communities Through Child and Family Well-Being

Traditionally, businesses invest in projects to help children and families out of a sense of philanthropy or charity. But, they are increasingly realizing that building a better future workforce is a core business strategy that is essential to the well-being of companies and their communities...
Refugee Youth A Call to Strengthen Mental Health Supports for Refugee Children and Youth
The United States thrives due to the strength, determination, diversity, and innovations of refugee populations. Yet resettlement policies do not align with the needs of refugees entering the United States, especially those of children and youth who have experienced trauma in their countries of origin or during the process of seeking asylum...
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Redesigning Redesigning Provider Payments to Reduce Long-Term Costs by Promoting Healthy Development
Cognitive, affective, and behavioral health (CAB) conditions are among the costliest and fastest growing in the United States. An array of interventions is demonstrated to be effective in preventing or mitigating these conditions and offers the possibility of lower costs and...
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Children’s development of cognitive, affective, and behavioral capacities is best promoted when the contexts that surround them are strong and healthy. Children are embedded in families, who are, in turn, embedded in communities. Policies or program...
 Investing Commentary Investing in Children to Promote America’s Prosperity

“America, the land of opportunity” has been the historical rallying cry inspiring individuals to work their hardest to succeed. Although today’s children will determine our nation’s future prosperity, scientists have repeatedly demonstrated that individuals are...
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Workforce Development Cover Workforce Development to Enhance the Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Health of Children and Youth: Opportunities and Barriers in Child Health Care Training

Responsibility for cognitive, affective, and behavioral (CAB) health of children and adolescents (hereafter “youth”) has traditionally been shared among families, education systems, communities, and the health care delivery system. Within routine child health care, increasing but spotty attention is paid to early cognitive, emotional, and behavioral development...
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healthcare reform paper Health Care Reform and Programs That Provide Opportunities to Promote Children’s Behavioral Health

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) has dramatically changed the health care landscape, creating new opportunities to advance health promotion, prevention, and treatment for children, parents, and families. However, the programmatic and funding landscape for children’s behavioral health following implementation of the ACA...
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power of prevention discussion Unleashing the Power of Prevention

Every day across America, behavioral health problems in childhood and adolescence, from anxiety to violence, take a heavy toll on millions of lives. For decades the approach to these problems has been to treat them only after they’ve been identified—at a high and ongoing cost to young people, families, entire communities, and our nation...
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power of prevention commentary A Challenge to Unleash the Power of Prevention

Prevention is the best investment we can make in behavioral health and the time to make it is now. Every day, across America, behavioral health problems in childhood and adoles-cence take a heavy toll on millions of lives. These problems cause deep, often long-term damage to young people, families, schools, and communities. They...
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health care reform Health Care Reform as a Vehicle for Promoting Children's Mental and Behavioral Health

Most mental health conditions emerge in childhood and adolescence, and many develop in the context of the same risk factors as physical disease. Similarly, many behavioral health patterns that result in health conditions and health care expenditures in adulthood emerge early. Targeted public investment in children’s mental and...
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 Unique Opportunities Unique Opportunities and Challenges in Implementing Family-Focused Interventions for Children with Developmental Disorders

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) and National Research Council (NRC) established the
Forum on Promoting Children’s Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Health to engage leaders
from academia, government, professional organizations, and philanthropy in dialogue about how
to build a stronger research...
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