This book discusses how to identify those children who are at hazard of becoming less than they might be as adults. It explores critical policy issues in broadening access to health care services and reassessing results of major intervention efforts for improving life chances of vulnerable children.
Introduction: America's Children—Are We Doing Right by Them? 1. Overview 2. Infant Mortality 3. Prenatal Care: Who Gets It and Who Does Not? 4. Neonatology: Where Are We and What More Could We Do? 5. The Status of Neonatology in New York City: The View from Harlem 6. Neurodevelopmental Dysfunction During Childhood: The High Impacts and Policy Implications of Insidious Handicaps 7. Improving Access to Care for Expectant Mothers and Young Children 8. Can Home Visitation Improve the Health of Women and Children at Environmental Risk? 9. Identifying the Vulnerable Young Child 10. Promoting Healthy Development in Young Children: What Educational Interventions Work? 11. A Multisite Randomized Intervention Trial for Premature, Low Birthweight Infants: The Infant Health and Development Program 12. Focusing on Effective Measures for Saving Children at Risk 13. Summary