What are the sources of pediatric primary care in the United States? Are these sources sufficient for providing health-care services to the pediatric population? Why or why not? Sources of pediatric care in the United States includes primary care offices, public health departments, pediatric offices/clinics, nurse practitioners, specialty care physicians (Neuro, Cardio, etc), and healthcare clinics (Burns et al., 2017). Bright Futures is national health promotion initiative that helps providers deliver prevention-based healthcare to families and helps the parents become more active and engaged in their child’s/children’s health and development (Burns et al., 2017). Bright Futures aim is to include well-child health visits, vision/hearing screening, developmental assessments, immunizations, and screening/counseling to address obesity and help children maintain a healthy weight (Kuo, Etzel, Chilton, Watson & Gorski, 2012). Even though we have many options for pediatric care, it still is not enough for those families that live in rural areas. Many of these parents must drive for miles sometimes to receive care and some of them may not have the proper transportation. Even with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), many families still are not able to afford health insurance. Healthy People 2020 addresses the need to increase the number of practicing primary care providers, including nurse practitioners, which will help improve access to quality healthcare in the future (Burns et al., 2017).
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