October Physician Focus: “Big Problems” in Children’s Health

For nine years, the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital of the University of Michigan Health System Dr. Young (l), Dr. Goodman (r) N_editedhas conducted an annual survey of adults about what they think are the “big problems” in children’s health.

It’s hard to argue with the 2015 poll results: obesity, bullying, and drug abuse are the top three, with child abuse and neglect, smoking and tobacco use, and school violence also included in the top ten.

While the survey provides insight into what adults and parents think are the major child health problems – serious issues, to be sure – the doctors who care for children tend to have a wider perspective.

The October edition of Physician Focus features the pediatrician’s thoughts on the topic of child health in a conversation between program host Lynda Young, M.D., and guest Elizabeth Goodman, M.D.

Dr. Young (photo, standing) is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at UMass Medical School and a past president of the Massachusetts Medical Society, and Dr. Goodman (seated) is Associate Chief for Community-Based Research at MassGeneral Hospital for Children in Boston, a Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Bringing their years of experience in pediatric care to the conversation, the doctors discuss the C.S. Mott poll and its results, as well as what they believe are additional risks to children not captured by the survey.

Physician Focus, now in its 11th consecutive year of production, is available for viewing on public access television stations throughout Massachusetts. It is also available online at www.physicianfocus.org, www.massmed.org/physicianfocus, and on YouTube.


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