This book presents a framework for systematically addressing the health needs of children by integrating health, mental health, and educational systems of care. From leading scientist-practitioners, the volume is grounded in cutting-edge research as well as public policy mandates on health promotion and prevention for at-risk students. Strategies are delineated for developing and evaluating evidence-based programs targeting a variety of goals, including successfully integrating children with health problems into school, bolstering adherence to health interventions, and planning and monitoring pharmacological interventions. Multidisciplinary approaches to prevention are also discussed in detail. The book's concluding section provides guidelines for preparing professionals for health-related careers.
"This book effectively focuses attention on responding to children's health needs in a manner that is at once functional, pragmatic, and scientifically based. The case descriptions, presentations of intervention and prevention strategies, and sections on research and evaluation reflect the wealth of experience and expertise of this group of distinguished authors. The volume will be of interest to applied and academic psychologists, healthcare practitioners, public health officers, educators, and health promotion professionals. I recommend it for courses in school and clinical psychology, community health, and prevention. Importantly, the authors take a very comprehensive and integrative view of health: readers will find discussions of physical health linked with mental health and social development, family relationships, school functioning and achievement, and peer relationships. Power et al. should be commended for this contribution to children's well-being."--Robert C. Pianta, PhD, Curry Programs in Clinical and School Psychology, University of Virginia
"This unique volume will fill a special niche within pediatric healthcare, psychology, and education. The authors make a resounding case for creating integrated strategies to address children's health, educational, and mental health needs, and provide effective models for doing so. Reviewed is the state of the art in research on integrated systems, healthcare planning, and community-based models of healthcare delivery. This book will be a welcome addition to the armamentarium of faculty teaching courses in pediatric healthcare, school psychology, childcare, social work, family services, and education, and will be most useful as an undergraduate- or graduate-level text."--Kimberly Hoagwood, PhD, Department of Child Psychiatry, Columbia University
"This richly documented book is an exceptional resource for a range of professionals interested in improving children's lives through integration of resources. Power et al. draw on their diverse professional backgrounds to substantively address complex questions of how health care and educational reform can and should be developed. Outlined is a framework for creating more effective, efficient, and humane prevention and intervention approaches via interconnected systems of care in pediatric and school settings. Demonstrating both interdisciplinary and cross-specialty interactions, this approach provides a model for conceptual and applied efforts on the part of clinicians, researchers, and policymakers. The book will serve as a useful text in undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in clinical, developmental, pediatric, school, and educational psychology; in specialty seminars in prevention/promotion and children's mental and physical health; and in interdisciplinary courses offered by programs in social work, psychiatry, pediatrics, and allied health fields."--Michael C. Roberts, PhD, ABPP, Clinical Child Psychology Program, University of Kansas