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Journal Issue: U.S. Health Care for Children Volume 2 Number 2 Winter 1992

Statement of Purpose
Richard E. Behrman

Statement of Purpose

The primary purpose of The Future of Children is to disseminate timely information on major issues related to children's well-being, with special emphasis on providing objective analysis and evaluation, translating existing knowledge into effective programs and policies, and promoting constructive institutional change. In attempting to achieve these objectives, we are targeting a multidisciplinary audience of national leaders, including policymakers, practitioners, legislators, executives, and professionals in the public and private sectors. This publication is intended to complement, not duplicate, the kind of technical analysis found in academic journals and the general coverage of children's issues by the popular press and special interest groups.

In this issue of The Future of Children, we provide an overview of the ways in which health services are presently delivered to children, youth, and pregnant women; the means by which these services are financed; and some of the major deficiencies in meeting the health needs of these groups. We have attempted to do so objectively from multiple perspectives in a format that is accessible to a broad readership.

As the nation addresses the problems of health care reform for the entire population, it is important to appreciate the special nature and needs of children, youth, and pregnant women because of the long-term, amplified effect that their health status has on the well-being of society. The articles presented here summarize the knowledge and experience that has been accumulated about the health care of children, youth, and pregnant women. It is hoped that the individual perspectives, descriptions, and analyses they contain will provide the basis for a better understanding of the issues and will suggest reasonable policies and program strategies to pursue. The Analysis, authored by the staff of the Center for the Future of Children, draws from these articles and from our own research and deliberations.

We invite your comments and suggestions as you read this issue of The Future of Children. Our intention is to encourage informed debate about health reform proposals and their potential effects on the health of children, youth, and pregnant women. To this end we invite correspondence to the Editor. We would also appreciate your comments about the approach we have taken in presenting the focus topic and welcome your suggestions for future topics.