Child Public Health (2nd edition)

ISBN : 9780199547500

Mitch Blair; Sarah Stewart-Brown; Tony Waterston; Rachel Crowther
320 Pages
153 x 233 mm
Pub date
Jan 2010
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Despite children making up around a quarter of the population, the first edition of this book was the first to focus on a public health approach to the health and sickness of children and young people. It combined clinical and academic perspectives to explore the current state of health of our children, the historical roots of the speciality and the relationship between early infant and child health on later adult health. Child public health is a rapidly developing field, and is increasingly recognised throughout the world as a major area of focus for population health. Targeting the health of children now is essential if we are to achieve a healthy population as adults. For the second edition the text has been revised and updated with new material on health for all children, global warming, child participation, systems theory, refugees, commissioning, and sustainable development. Child Public Health 2e will be of interest to public health practitioners, paediatricians, general practitioners with a child health and commissioning interest and GP trainees. Whilst paediatricians are given a unique population perspective on their clinical specialty, public health professionals will gain a specialist insight into a specific population group and primary care doctors, nurses and managers will find support for their commissioning and clinical governance agendas.


Introduction - Why child public health?
1. Child Health in the UK and Europe
2. Child Health in developing countries/the majority world
3. Determinants of Child Health
4. Child public health: lessons from the past
5. Key concepts and definitions
6. Child health and adult health
7. Techniques and resources for child public health practice
8. Child Public Health in practice: case scenarios

About the author: 

Mitch Blair qualified in Medicine MBBS from UCH, London in 1983 with a BSc in Sociology and Philosophy of Medicine and went on to paediatric training posts at Stoke Mandeville and Charing Cross Hospital, amongst others. After obtaining an MSc in Community Paediatrics from the Institute of Child Health in London, he moved to Nottingham as Lecturer and then Consultant Senior Lecturer in Community Paediatrics which he held between 1990 and 1998. He worked in inner city community practice in health centres, schools, day nurseries and specialist out-reach to single handed and group practices. He carried out teaching and research into the national child health screening programme and community paediatric out reach to primary care. He is currently Consultant and Reader in Paediatrics and Child Public Health at Imperial College London, and established the River Island Academic Centre for Paediatrics and Child Public Health Teaching and Research at Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow.; Sarah Stewart-Brown joined Warwick Medical School in April 2003 as Professor of Public Health. She became Director of the Health Sciences Research Institute in April 2006. Sarah studied medicine at the University of Oxford and at the Westminster Hospital in London. She worked in the National Health Service from 1975 onwards first as a paediatrician and subsequently as a public health doctor in London Bristol and Worcester. She has also held academic appointments at the Department of Surgery St Mary's Hospital Paddington, and at the Departments of Child Health and of Epidemiology and Community Health at the University of Bristol. Before joining Warwick Medical School she was Reader in the Department of Public Health at the University of Oxford where she directed the Health Services Research Unit. She has had a long standing interest in the child health aspects of public health working at the interface with colleagues in paediatrics.; Tony Waterston is a retired consultant paediatrician and clinical senior lecturer working mainly in the community in Newcastle upon Tyne. His chief interests are in child mental health and child public health. He also takes part in both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and training and has edited a student textbook on paediatrics and a postgraduate text on child public health. Tony leads a research programme on Baby Express, a parenting newsletter designed to help parents understand their child's emotional needs. He is an editor of the Journal of Tropical Pediatrics and is project manager for the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Palestine programme, which trains primary health care workers within the occupied Palestinian territories. Currently he chairs the RCPCH Advocacy Committee.; Rachel Crowther MB BChir, MSc, FFPH Rachel Crowther is a consultant in public health medicine working at the South East Public Health Observatory in Oxford. Her special interests are in child public health and health intelligence, and she has contributed to several books in the fields of public health and paediatrics. She is also interested in teaching, especially the integration of public health teaching into other curricula, medical and otherwise. She has five children aged between four and eighteen and currently lives in a boarding house in a secondary school in which she plays an active pastoral role. She also writes fiction and has had a number of short stories published.

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