“Early relational health: Innovations in child health for promotion, screening, and research”

Author: David W. Willis
Infant Mental Health Journal May 10, 2022

Relational experiences during infancy and early childhood are key drivers for building health, social emotional development, and learning capacities, each vital for wellbeing. The U.S. child health sectors share a commitment to universal health promotion, prevention and early intervention, and a growing enthusiasm for the research-affirmed primacy of caregiver-child interactions during the critical first 1000 days of life. Given our nation’s growing children’s mental health crisis, racial justice awakening and the need to reimagine equitable supports for young families post-COVID19, the child health sectors seek new tools and clinical approaches that blend science-to-practice innovations with co-developed activities that are meaningful to families.