Challenges and Opportunities for Increased Policy Recognition of Family and Child Health and Wellbeing within the USA and Internationally

53 Pages Posted: 21 Dec 2018

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Pamela Abbott

School of Education, University of Aberdeen

Lucia D'Ambruoso

University of Aberdeen; Umeå Centre for Global Health Research, Unit for Epidemiology and Global Health, Umeå University, Sweden ; MRC/Wits Rural Public Health and Health Transitions Unit, School of Public Health, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

Date Written: December 7, 2018

Abstract

Advocating for greater priority for family and child health and wellbeing policy at the system level in the United States raises the question: How have policy norms and recognition for policy and systems shifted in other countries and internationally to support family and child health and wellbeing (FCHW)? What transferable learning is there for the USA? Following the development of an analytic framework, this paper reports on challenges and opportunities for increased policy recognition of FCHW within the USA at national (federal) and state levels and in other low-, middle- and high-income countries. It reviews how FCHW is prioritised and how contextual factors and understandings of FCHW vary across settings and countries. It discusses potential learning for the USA from countries that have implemented policies and programmes to promote FCHW. This review adds to and will be triangulated with evidence from separate papers in the project to identify countries, areas of focus and key informants for case studies in policy recognition of FCHW.

Keywords: Family, Child, Health, Wellbeing, USA, Quality of Life

JEL Classification: 114, 115, 118, 131, 138

Suggested Citation

Abbott, Pamela and D'Ambruoso, Lucia, Challenges and Opportunities for Increased Policy Recognition of Family and Child Health and Wellbeing within the USA and Internationally (December 7, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3297663 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3297663

Pamela Abbott (Contact Author)

School of Education, University of Aberdeen ( email )

Aberdeen, Scotland
United Kingdom

Lucia D'Ambruoso

University of Aberdeen ( email )

Dunbar Street
Aberdeen, Scotland AB24 3QY
United Kingdom

Umeå Centre for Global Health Research, Unit for Epidemiology and Global Health, Umeå University, Sweden ( email )

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Umea University
Umeå, SE 901 87
Sweden

MRC/Wits Rural Public Health and Health Transitions Unit, School of Public Health, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa ( email )

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Johannesburg, GA Gauteng 2000
South Africa

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