Letters COMMENT & RESPONSE Boat et al close on a hopeful note, citing a “an emerging op- portunity…to promote behavioral health in pediatric settings.” Parenting educators are natural allies in this effort. Beyond sup- To the Editor Boat et al miss something important in “Health port from medical caregivers and educators, and beyond over- Care Workforce Development to Enhance Mental and Behav- coming the misconception that only “bad” parents need support, ioral Health of Children and Youth.” The authors state rightly parenting education faces challenges in funding, accreditation, that pediatricians have “opportunities to provide or arrange and access. We must face these together. beneficial interventions” to support mental and behavioral National, state, and local agencies that promote or offer health in young people, but they do not explicitly mention parenting resources as well as parenting education profession- parenting education or parenting educators. als, paraprofessionals, and activists are ready to join with pe- Among their “levers to improve child behavioral health diatricians and other stakeholders to more effectively pro- training,” Boat et al recommend enhancing clinical training mote holistic health care and positive lifespan outcomes for that will “foster parenting knowledge and skills.” However, young people and their parents. because
JAMA Pediatrics – American Medical Association
Published: Apr 26, 2018
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