Commission focuses on early childhood development to improve health in US

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 07 April 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1448
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington, DC

    “For the first time in our history, the United States is raising a generation of children who may live sicker, shorter lives than their parents. We must act now to reverse this trend,” said the Commission to Build a Healthier America in a report issued on 2 April.

    The commission was formed in early 2008 to look at ways outside health care to change that trend. It was backed by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, whose aim is to improve the health of all Americans.

    “Healthcare reform is not going to be enough to close the gap between how healthy Americans are and how healthy they could be,” said Mark McClellan, commission co-chairman and former head of the …

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