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Child Public Health

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Introduction - Why child public health? ; 1. Child Health in the UK and Europe ; 2. Child Health in developing countries/the majority world ; 3. Determinants of Child Health ; 4. Child public health: lessons from the past ; 5. Key concepts and definitions ; 6. Child health and adult health ; 7. Techniques and resources for child public health practice ; 8. Child Public Health in practice: case scenarios

About the Author

Mitch Blair qualified in Medicine MBBS from UCH, London in 1983 with a BSc in Sociology and Philosophy of Medicine and went on to paediatric training posts at Stoke Mandeville and Charing Cross Hospital, amongst others. After obtaining an MSc in Community Paediatrics from the Institute of Child Health in London, he moved to Nottingham as Lecturer and then Consultant Senior Lecturer in Community Paediatrics which he held between 1990 and 1998. He worked in inner city community practice in health centres, schools, day nurseries and specialist out-reach to single handed and group practices. He carried out teaching and research into the national child health screening programme and community paediatric out reach to primary care. He is currently Consultant and Reader in Paediatrics and Child Public Health at Imperial College London, and established the River Island Academic Centre for Paediatrics and Child Public Health Teaching and Research at Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow. Sarah Stewart-Brown joined Warwick Medical School in April 2003 as Professor of Public Health. She became Director of the Health Sciences Research Institute in April 2006. Sarah studied medicine at the University of Oxford and at the Westminster Hospital in London. She worked in the National Health Service from 1975 onwards first as a paediatrician and subsequently as a public health doctor in London Bristol and Worcester. She has also held academic appointments at the Department of Surgery St Mary's Hospital Paddington, and at the Departments of Child Health and of Epidemiology and Community Health at the University of Bristol. Before joining Warwick Medical School she was Reader in the Department of Public Health at the University of Oxford where she directed the Health Services Research Unit. She has had a long standing interest in the child health aspects of public health working at the interface with colleagues in paediatrics. Tony Waterston is a retired consultant paediatrician and clinical senior lecturer working mainly in the community in Newcastle upon Tyne. His chief interests are in child mental health and child public health. He also takes part in both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and training and has edited a student textbook on paediatrics and a postgraduate text on child public health. Tony leads a research programme on Baby Express, a parenting newsletter designed to help parents understand their child's emotional needs. He is an editor of the Journal of Tropical Pediatrics and is project manager for the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Palestine programme, which trains primary health care workers within the occupied Palestinian territories. Currently he chairs the RCPCH Advocacy Committee. Rachel Crowther MB BChir, MSc, FFPH Rachel Crowther is a consultant in public health medicine working at the South East Public Health Observatory in Oxford. Her special interests are in child public health and health intelligence, and she has contributed to several books in the fields of public health and paediatrics. She is also interested in teaching, especially the integration of public health teaching into other curricula, medical and otherwise. She has five children aged between four and eighteen and currently lives in a boarding house in a secondary school in which she plays an active pastoral role. She also writes fiction and has had a number of short stories published.


This book emphasizes the importance of child public health as a rapidly emerging field and puts the health of children centre stage as society's greatest asset. It maps out what needs to be done to promote and protect the health of children not only in the UK, but internationally. * From the foreword by Sian Griffiths, Oxford University * Children's public health is not an easy subject to study. While some of the underpinning sciences, such as epidemiology and statistics, are well described in many texts, an overview of the political and cultural context in which public health is practised is more difficult to find. The authors of this book have set out to give us just such an overview and they have succeeded admirably. * From the foreword by David Hall * This is an excellent book and I think it will be very useful. * BACCH News * It was a pleasure to review this excellent introductory textbook on child public health written jointly by respected paediatricians and public health professionals. The presentation is clear and authoritative, with key points helpfully placed in text boxes for emphasis . . . The coverage of the book is impressive, ranging from family and community perspectives and approaches through to advocacy and national policy. It thus presents an excellent overview for those coming from medical, nursing or social science backgrounds but who are training in child public health . . . The book deserves to be read widely and may well have an important impact in training a new generation of health professionals involved in child public health. * Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 82 (2) * This book gives an overview of child health in the United Kingdom and internationally, the founding fathers (those listed are all men), the epidemiology, the data sources, the policies and politics, and the interventions. * British Medical Journal * Review from previous edition Paranoia can blight attempts at improving public health. The authors are to be congratulated in the nearly always taking a sensible and pragmatic line which depends much more on the positive aspects of public health policy and practice than protecting children from what may be small or hypothetical risks. * Journal of Public Health, Vol. 27, No. 2 * This book is warmheartedly recommended as a comprehensive textbook for practitioners and is also well suited for postgraduate courses in social paediatrics for physicians, public health workers and professionals in the social services. * European Journal of Public Health *

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