Healthy People in Healthy Communities (HPHC) develops strategies for achieving a new level of success in creating healthy communities by design. 2014 spotlights children’s health in the community, looking to the interrelated web of factors that shape development from the pre-natal period throughout the life course.
Community Impact of Health Policy
As we explore the policy of children’s health, we’ll see the decisions, plans, and actions that are being undertaken nationally and locally to achieve specific health goals within our communities.
Epigenetics: Maternal Pre-Natal Health & Disease Imprinting
The intrauterine environment is a major contributor to normal physiological growth and development of an individual; however, disturbances at this critical time can affect the long-term health of the offspring.
Family & Poverty
Living in areas of concentrated poverty poses multiple risks for children’s development and overall health and well-being.
Childhood Obesity & the Built Environment
As childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions, it is critical to devise interventions that target the root causes of obesity and its risk factors.
Health Impact of Community Design
A healthy community promotes physical activity, social cohesion and contact with natural areas through the design of its built environment.
Nutrition Environment & Shaping Dietary Behavior
The food environment can be conceptualized as overlapping interactive domains that uniquely contribute influence for shaping child dietary behavior.
Air Quality & Asthma
Early childhood is perhaps one of the most vulnerable life stages, during which the environment may have tremendous immediate and lasting effects on health.
Autism & Sensory Disorders
While each child develops differently, personal, social, and environmental influences are key factors in the child’s overall outcome.
The Influence of the Media on Children’s Health
TV shows, advertising, video games, online content and other media all play a role in informing children’s opinions and shaping their health and well-being.