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Child public health in practice – case scenarios

Mitch Blair, Sarah Stewart-Brown, Tony Waterston and Rachel Crowther

in Child Public Health

Second edition

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9780199547500
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191720123 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199547500.003.008
Child public health in practice – case scenarios

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This chapter presents an overview of the community diagnosis process in practice through ten child public health scenarios, each of which considers a different issue. The aim is to illustrate a range of ‘real’ problems in child public health, and possible approaches to tackling them. The topics covered are: (i) walking the patch — developing a public health approach to a locality; (ii) promoting infant mental health; (iii) reducing unintentional injury due to motor vehicles; (iv) promoting breast-feeding; (v) child health surveillance programmes — delay in diagnoses; (vi) mitigating the impact of social deprivation; (vii) investigating declining vaccine uptake; (viii) investigating systems for responding to child deaths from abuse; (ix) responding to the epidemic of youth obesity; and (x) a whole country approach to tackling child malnutrition. Each scenario aims to ‘bring to life’ the approaches and techniques described in earlier chapters, applying them to key child public health issues with down-to-earth descriptions of child public health in practice. It is hoped that they will help practitioners from a range of disciplines to get started on addressing the problems they face in their own practice.

Keywords: child public health; public health practice; community diagnosis

Chapter.  23663 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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