Public Health Goals in a Changing World
In this article The public health goal of getting all children into school as soon as possible is becoming increasingly elusive.
Public health researchers at the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have published a new article titled “The Public Health Goal of Getting All Children into School as Soon as Possible Is Becoming More Ambiguous and Distracting” that addresses the evolving state of the public health science and policy around the goal.
The goal has been on the forefront of the national debate since the late 1970s, when it was first articulated in a landmark 1972 public health report called Public Health and Public Health Policy in the United States.
“We’ve been talking about the public-health goal of school enrollment as a goal for decades now,” said Dr. Matthew Bessette, the lead author of the article.
“But we’ve never really been able to put it into a comprehensive policy framework.”
The aim, the CDC stated, was to get all children enrolled in kindergarten or pre-kindergarten “as soon as practicable” and to have “a high level of attainment.”
That is not the same as getting all of the children enrolled, or all of them to graduate high school.
Some public health experts argue that there is no public health “goal” for the goal to be met.
One challenge is that there are so many different goals and policies to manage that it is difficult to pin down what the public will achieve.
In the article, researchers describe a series of different outcomes that could be achieved with different policies.
For example, public health researchers would like to see more children enrolled as soon-to-be-graduated adults, and also see them enrolled in post-secondary institutions.
That would involve providing more preschool programs to low-income families and encouraging parents to enroll their children in preschool.
But the article also says that children and adolescents could also enroll in school with a high degree of success, such as having the greatest participation in physical activity.
And it could mean helping students achieve academic success and graduation rates.
While it is clear that the goal of having all children in school as early as possible should be achieved, the focus on the public’s health goals has made it difficult to pinpoint what these goals might be, said Dr