It is critical to further promote and support the mental, emotional, and behavioral (MEB) development of our children and youth, according to a recent report (National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019. ”Fostering Healthy Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Development in Children and Youth: A National Agenda“, published by The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/25201.
The report states: “Over the last decade, a growing body of research has significantly strengthened understanding of healthy MEB development and the factors that influence it, as well as how it can be fostered. Yet, the United States has not taken full advantage of this growing knowledge base.”
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The Committee on Fostering Healthy Mental, Emotional and Behavioral Development Among Children and Youth, included of three Ohio experts: Grace Kollliesuah, Chief of the Bureau of Children and Families, the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services; Kelly Kelleher, Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the Ohio State University School of Medicine; and Thomas F. Boat, Dean Emeritus of the College of Medicine at the University of Cincinnati, and Profession of Pediatrics, Division of Pulmonary Medicine and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, and served as Chair.
Ms. Kolliesuah shared that, “The 2019, “Fostering Healthy Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Development in Children and Youth: A National Agenda” expands on the range of opportunities to promote mental, emotional, and behavioral health (MEB) for children and youth throughout the life course from preconception through young adulthood. The report provides a National call-to-action framework for Federal partners across child-serving systems, and coordination between public and private partners to advance MEB as a public health priority.”
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