Online Program

Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of our Nation

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 : 10:30 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

Rachel Poulain, MPH, California Newsreel, San Francisco, CA
Larry Adelman, California Newsreel, San Francisco, CA
THE RAISING OF AMERICA reframes the way we look at early child health and development. This ambitious documentary series and multimedia initiative by the producers of UNNATURAL CAUSES explores how a strong start for all our kids leads not only to better individual life-course outcomes (learning, earning and physical and mental health) but also to a healthier, safer, better educated and more prosperous and more equitable America. THE RAISING OF AMERICA includes an hour-long documentary for PBS broadcast and video release, 6 shorter 30 minute episodes, an online learning center at and national public engagement campaign. We will screen the opening hour-long documentary in this session with a panel discussion to follow.

Learning Areas:

Advocacy for health and health education
Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health or related public policy
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Assess the strengths and weaknesses of THE RAISING OF AMERICA ( an educational and advocacy tool. Explain the nested social ecology within which children develop. Demonstrate the value to indviduals and the nation of investing in maternal and early child health and development. Compare and contrast the conventional 'right choices'and 'family bubble' models to an ecosocial approach to early child development. Identify and evaluate opportunities to use THE RAISING OF AMERICA and companion web tools to educate, organize and advocate for policies and initiatives which improve overall well-being and advance health equity.

Keyword(s): Children, Social Inequalities

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Associate Producer and Public Engagement Director for THE RAISING OF AMERICA, a forthcoming documentary and public engagement campaign by California Newsreel, that explores how early childhood health and development is linked to more prosperous and equitable society. I was also Associate Producer and Director of Outreach for the award-winning documentary series UNNATURAL CAUSES: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.