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date: 30 March 2017

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Despite rapid medical advances, children in this country still face significant barriers to adequate health care, including unequal access to insurance and health care. Social workers play an important role in assisting children and families facing health care crises by providing supportive services, advocacy, culturally grounded assessment, and evidenced-based interventions to improve care and quality of life. Children face societal risks to their health and development that include violence, exposure to smoking, and access to alcohol and other drugs, as well as poor nutrition and lack of opportunity for exercise. Social work is an important discipline to assist children and families in the areas of health promotion and adaptation to illness and injury.

Keywords: children, health, pediatrics, insurance

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