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November 2017

Health Care Workforce Development to Enhance Mental and Behavioral Health of Children and Youths

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Pulmonary Medicine, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 2Department of Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 3University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington
  • 4Consultant for Strategic Planning and MOC, American Board of Pediatrics, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • 5American Board of Pediatrics, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • 6Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA Pediatr. 2017;171(11):1031-1032. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2017.2473

Mental and behavioral disorder diagnoses in children and youths are increasing at a concerning rate and are antecedent to many lifetime physical and behavioral health disorders.1 The cost to individuals, families, communities, and the American public is enormous. Comprehensive attention to the risks of all children, starting early in life, through behavioral health promotion, risk prevention, early detection of concerning behaviors, and effective treatment of behavioral disorders is an unmet need.