These pediatric health deficiencies have a dramatic, long-term impact our community. Large cultural, geographic and socio-economic groups have limited access to care. Many children are at a disadvantage due to poor maternal health, inadequate perinatal care, lower percentages of school readiness, obesity and increased impact of chronic disease. These deficiencies exponentially increase the community's overall health cost, are barriers to improving the school system's performance, and limit the capability of our potential work force.
Many communities have recognized these identical challenges. There is a well developed body of work analyzing community trends, identifying contributory factors and creating community-based approaches to address these problems. We are also seeing aggressive and innovative restructuring of regional health care delivery occurring in all of
major medical regions. Tennessee is critically off the pace for
pediatric healthcare in this regard. Chattanooga