ERIC Number: ED360273
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
The Health/Education Connection: Initiating Dialogue on Integrated Services to Children at Risk and Their Families. Symposium (Alexandria, Virginia, March 5-6, 1990).
This document reports on a symposium that was held to begin to shape a national policy on delivery of services to children at risk and their families, and to develop guidelines for future collaborative efforts between representatives from the health and education professional communities. The symposium explored innovative ways to integrate and enhance the delivery of services. The symposium was opened with a keynote address by former U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. C. Everett Koop, which charged that existing service delivery systems do not function in ways that cherish and provide for children and their families. Symposium participants cited social changes impacting on service providers, such as the rise of poverty, homelessness, teenage parents, and substance abuse. Efforts toward collaborative service delivery were viewed as resulting in greater cooperation but falling short of creating the attitudinal and systemic changes necessary. Issues in service provision include determining which children and families should be the focus of future efforts, expanding and replicating successful integrated service delivery approaches, overcoming "turf" and attitudinal obstacles, and creating new professional training opportunities. Symposium participants proposed strategies such as coalition building, calling for a congressional hearing, identifying and promoting collaborative models that work, and articulating guidelines for collaborative professional practice. A list of conference participants, with addresses, is included. (JDD)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, At Risk Persons, Child Health, Delivery Systems, Educational Change, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Elementary School Students, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Programs, Health Promotion, Partnerships in Education, Public Policy, Secondary School Students, Social Change
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, Washington, DC.; Health Resources and Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Rockville, MD. Office for Maternal and Child Health Services.; American Academy of Pediatrics, Elk Grove Village, IL.
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