Keeping the Discussion Going after CFCC’s Urban Child Symposium on Health and the Urban Child

CFCC’s second Urban Child Symposium, Health and the Urban Child:  Diagnosing Problems and Prescribing Solutions, was held last Thursday, April 1, and drew a crowd of approximately two hundred people. A wide array of people from all professions and walks of life, including doctors, lawyers, judges, activists, academics, mental health professionals, services providers, parents, and other community members, attended and participated. The audience filled the School of Law’s Moot Courtroom and also watched the action from monitors in the law school lobby. Our panelists gave thoughtful presentations that covered the gamut of problems and solutions for the health of urban children. Extensive audience participation created a vibrant conversation about the practical realities of urban child health and some of the steps needed to make improvements. Congressman Cummings keynote luncheon speech was a call to action, encouraging all of us to increase our expectations and work to ensure that all children have what we want for our own children.

CFCC would like to thank all who participated – both as speakers and as audience members, and we encourage everyone interested to keep this lively and important discussion going–on this blog and in your communities. One of our conference panelists, Dr. Alan Lyles, will take the lead on continuing the discussion by writing his own blog post about childhood obesity, a topic that he also discussed at the symposium. Be on the lookout for his guest post! Also, be sure to check out the discussion on our post about the Health Care Reform Legislation, which includes a comment from another of our conference panelists, Janice Cooper.

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  1. In the days surrounding our conference, two of our presenters’ organizations were featured in the national press talking about issues discussed at the symposium. The Washington Post ran a story concentrating on unhealthy housing and the Healthy Homes movement. The Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning was prominently mentioned, and Baltimore was the case example for both need and progress. Magazine's March 29th issue had a story on Dr. Rebecca Landa's efforts at Kennedy Krieger to uncover early signs of autism and develop effective responses. Three cheers to our panelists!

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