Online Program

Happiness as a Birthright: Promoting social and emotional well-being of children

Monday, November 4, 2013 : 2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Deborah Allen, ScD, Boston Public Health Commission, Boston, MA
This talk will review research linking early environment to childhood social and emotional well-being and then to health across the life span. It will review current US initiatives aimed at promoting well-being in early childhood, through home visiting, medical home enhancement, parent group models, and other modalities. The talk will focus on underlying tensions in this area, particularly the tension between strength based theory and approaches that aim to “teach” parenting to low income women and women of color.

Learning Areas:

Advocacy for health and health education
Public health or related public policy
Social and behavioral sciences
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Describe the impact of two current U.S. initiatives to promote the well-being of young children.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I direct MCH programs for the Boston Public Health Commission. In that capacity, I serve as PI for 2 major early childhood mental health grants. Prior to my current role, I held a faculty position in MCH at Boston University and served as state children with special health needs director for 13 years.
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.