Families as a Cornerstone in 21st Century Public Health: Recommendations for Research, Education, Policy, and Practice

Nomi S. Weiss-Laxer, Alice Ann Crandall, Mary Elizabeth Hughes, Anne W. Riley

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Abstract

Families are vastly overlooked in US initiatives to promote population health and health equity despite being the most proximal context for health across the life course. We urge the public health sector to take the lead in recognizing families as essential for promoting 21st century population health. We highlight ways families influence health by providing context, care, continuity, and connections. The dual private and public aspect of families has contributed to how they have been overlooked in the public health sector. We provide recommendations for better integrating families into population health initiatives through national health goals, research, education, policy, and practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number503
JournalFrontiers in Public Health
Volume8
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 18 2020

Keywords

  • families in public health
  • family health
  • family policy
  • family science
  • family-focused

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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