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Children’s Emotional, Behavioral, & Developmental Well-Being: New Data & Tools for the Field

Tuesday, February 9, 2010, 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET

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The Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) is pleased to announce an upcoming DataSpeak program on Children’s Emotional, Behavioral, and Developmental Well-Being: New Data and Tools for the Field. According to the National Survey of Children’s Health, 11.3 percent of children in the United States had an emotional, behavioral, or developmental condition in 2007, and nearly one-quarter of all children experience a mental disorder at some time before reaching 18 years of age. These conditions include depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, conduct disorders, developmental delay, autism spectrum disorders, and Tourette Syndrome. Children with these conditions are more likely than their peers to experience learning delays, and their families are more likely to experience stress and have difficulty with child care.

For this DataSpeak program, Dr. Reem Ghandour, a public health analyst from MCHB, will discuss the prevalence of emotional, behavioral, and developmental conditions at the national and state levels. Dr. James Perrin, professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Center for Child and Adolescent Health Policy at Mass General Hospital for Children, will discuss evidence of the increasing rates of emotional, behavioral, and developmental conditions among children, with a focus on autism. Finally, Dr. Jane Foy, professor of pediatrics for Wake Forest University School of Medicine and chairperson for the AAP Task Force on Mental Health, will discuss the role that the public health community plays in addressing the epidemic of pediatric mental illness, and provide resources developed by the Task Force on Mental Health.