Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor
In Reply: The purpose of our article was to
focus on what the Latino Consortium of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Center for Child Health Research identified in a consensus process as the
most urgent priorities and unanswered questions in Latino child health. We
thus chose not to provide an exhaustive list of the multiplicity of health
issues faced by Latino children, which members of our consortium have addressed
elsewhere.1,2 Instead, we
focused on a more detailed examination of selected issues considered to be
of greatest urgency. Thus, by necessity, and because of space constraints,
difficult decisions had to be made regarding which issues would be addressed.
Several key issues—including injuries, human immunodeficiency virus
and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, and teen pregnancy—regretfully
could not be included in our article but are major Latino child health concerns
that deserve greater attention in health services research and health policy.
Flores G, Fuentes-Afflick E, Barbot O, Carter-Pokras O, Claudio L, Lara M, McLaurin JA, Pachter L, Gomez FR, Mendoza F, Valdez RB, Villarruel AM, Zambrana RE, Greenberg R, Weitzman M. Health Risks of Latino Children—Reply. JAMA. 2002;288(16):1981-1983. doi:10.1001/jama.288.16.1981