BOX B.3 Selected Healthy People 2000 Goals and Objectives

Priority Areas with Objectives Relating to Children's Health Status and Health Services


2.4 Growth retardation among low-income children ages 5 years and younger

2.10 Iron deficiency prevalence

Mental Health and Mental Disorders

6.3 Mental disorders in children and adolescents ages 18 years and younger

6.14 Clinician review of children's mental functioning

Unintentional Injuries

9.3a Motor vehicle crash deaths among children ages 14 years and under

9.5a Drowning deaths for children ages 4 years and under

Environmental Health

11.1 Asthma hospitalizations

11.2 Mental retardation

11.4 Blood lead levels among children

11.17 Children's exposure to smoke at home

Oral Health

13.1 Dental caries in children ages 6-8 years, and adolescents ages 15 years

13.2 Untreated dental caries in children ages 6-8 years and older

Maternal and Infant Health

14.1 Infant mortality

14.4 Fetal alcohol syndrome

  • accreditation organizations, particularly the National Committee for Quality Assurance and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health care Organizations;
  • Foundation for Accountability;
  • ambulatory certification programs;
  • insurers;
  • purchasers (e.g., large employers and purchasing coalitions);
  • trade unions;
  • advocacy organizations; and
  • private philanthropic organizations (e.g., Annie E. Casey Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation).

Given the large number of agencies and organizations with interest in and/or responsibilities for collecting and analyzing information on aspects of performance in children's health, it is not difficult to see why there is no single entity that has taken overall responsibility for assuring efficient, comprehensive performance measurement in children's health care.

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