All children deserve the opportunity to meet their full health potential and lead a fulfilling life. Yet health inequities in the United States prevent many kids from meeting their full potential. Research shows that prevention and early intervention are effective for children living in circumstances that put them at risk (such as living in poverty or being exposed to chronic adversity). Practice, policy, and systems-level changes informed by science can reduce the odds of adverse exposures, narrow health disparities, and advance health equity.
The National Academy of Sciences report, Vibrant and Healthy Kids: Aligning Science, Practice, and Policy to Advance Health Equity, released in summer 2019, presents the science of early development and outlines steps needed to move children who are at risk for negative outcomes toward positive health trajectories and reduce health disparities.