An ad hoc committee will plan and convene a 1-day public workshop that will explore initiatives and policies across domains that have an impact on the cognitive, affective, and behavioral health for all children, youth, and families. This workshop will use an ecodevelopmental model to explore health equity of children and families, including those with complex needs and chronic conditions. Particular attention will be paid to challenges experienced by children and families in both rural and urban contexts, to include but not limited to poverty, individual and institutional racism, low-resourced communities, and hindered access to educational and health care services. Presenters and participants will engage in a discussion of initiatives, policies, and programs that aim to improve social determinants of health (jobs, economy, education, transportation, and housing), opportunities for behavioral health promotion, and access to quality services that address the behavioral health of all children and families. A series of background papers may be developed in advance of the workshop that provide an economic perspective on changing policies that affect children and their caregivers. The committee will develop the agenda and identify meeting objectives, select appropriate speakers, and moderate the discussions. A workshop proceedings based on the presentations and discussions at the workshop will be prepared by a designated rapporteur in accordance with institutional guidelines.
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