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Research Letter
Impact of Policy on Children
June 1, 2020

Frequency and Specificity of Pediatric Health Policy Discussions in Political Campaigns

Author Affiliations
  • 1Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota
  • 2Department of Political Science, St Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota
JAMA Pediatr. Published online June 1, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2020.0932

Well-designed public policy can promote health among children,1-3 but there is reason to worry that pediatric health issues may get crowded out of policy discussions and debates. Politicians are incentivized to craft their health care policies around the interests of voting-age citizens, and politicians are unlikely to see children as important drivers of health care spending.1,4 To assess the national political profile of pediatric health issues, we analyzed a database of Congressional candidate campaign websites.

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