A Framework for Thriving: A Comprehensive Approach to Child Health
This blog explores a four-part framework that child-serving sectors could use to focus their efforts to improve child health and well-being. Built on the recognition that clinicians and the health system will succeed in improving child health outcomes only if they partner with other sectors, this framework is designed to enable adopters to identify cross-sector partners with whom child-health interventions should be developed.
The framework can serve as a tool to facilitate partnerships across sectors, and these partnerships can begin to address health-related social needs by incorporating interventions into care delivery, implementing community-wide interventions, and advocating jointly for aligned policy change.
Whether used by an individual health system or by a community or state, this framework could help identify which challenges need greater focus and where targeted, highly integrated programs, policies, and system changes could be implemented to improve child outcomes, as well as track progress toward achieving common goals.