Disclaimer: Moving Health Care Upstream is a collaborative effort originally co-led by Nemours Children’s Health and the Center for Healthier Children, Families & Communities at the University of California- Los Angeles (UCLA). The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Nemours, UCLA or the Moving Health Care Upstream initiative. Additionally, the policy recommendations included in this post reflect the viewpoints of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the viewpoints of others engaged in the development of this report (e.g., interviewees, reviewers).
- Hannah Wagner, MPP, Senior Advisor of Policy Development & Partnership, Nemours Children’s Health
- Daniella Gratale, MA, AVP, Federal Affairs, Nemours Children’s Health
- Josh Traylor, MPH, Executive Director, Center for Health and Research Transformation
- Josh Ogburn, MPH, MPP, Population and Whole Child Health Program Advisor, Nemours Children’s Health
- Alycia Steinberg, MPH, Principal, Burton Policy Consulting
About Whole Child Health
Whole child health approaches go beyond clinical care to cultivate healthy minds and create a strong foundation for a healthier, brighter future for children and youth. Such approaches address multi-faceted developmental, physical, mental, behavioral and social needs through cross-sector (e.g., healthcare, education, social services) collaborations that help children and youth reach their full potential. Informed by interviews with more than 30 key stakeholders, the Whole Child Health Alliance (the “Alliance”) recently released Advancing the Key Elements of Whole Child Health: State Case Studies and Policy Recommendations. The report takes a deep dive into how Massachusetts, North Carolina and Washington have implemented key elements of whole child health that help children and youth thrive. Key findings and recommendations are summarized in the Executive Summary.