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May 1993

Update on the Research Agenda and Care for the Poor Child: Steps Forward, Steps Backward

Author Affiliations

From the Public Policy Council of the American Pediatric Society, Washington, DC (Ms Hendricks and Dr Genel), the Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairmen, San Francisco, Calif (Ms Hendricks and Dr Genel), the Society for Pediatric Research, Elk Grove Village, Ill (Ms Hendricks and Drs Genel and Lister), and the Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn (Drs Genel and Lister).

Am J Dis Child. 1993;147(5):530-532. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1993.02160290036016

Two years ago, Steve Kohl, MD, then president of the Society for Pediatric Research (Elk Grove Village, Ill), wrote a thoughtful article discussing the relationship between the research agenda of pediatric scientists and the vast health care needs of this nation's poor children.1 In Kohl's discussion he suggested that the same investigative rigor and resources that we devote to laboratory research can and should be directed to problems and questions that affect the health and welfare of our most vulnerable and underserved population, children. Furthermore, Kohl proposed that our national priorities be shifted from concern with external security to our internal societal problems, and he listed 10 other proposals to accomplish his primary goals.

The purpose of this commentary is to review the progress since Kohl's article was published. We fully recognize that the time has been relatively short, so our expectations for forward progress must be tempered slightly.