Social-emotional and behavioral dysfunction contributes substantially to adverse health outcomes such as obesity, asthma, and cardiovascular disease; poor quality of life; and exponentially increasing health care costs. These conditions often have roots in childhood, when opportunities exist for primary and secondary prevention and early intervention. However, these opportunities are seldom realized for many reasons, including limited attention to behavioral and/or mental health concerns during pediatric and family medicine training programs and the low priority of prevention in the organization and financing of health care in the United States.
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