- To explore medical home attributes of community health centers (CHCs) that provide care to low-income children nationwide compared to other providers for the poor.
- Translational research is a new buzzword in the health care research field, central to the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) Roadmap1,2 and promoted by academic institutions that have been awarded NIH Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSAs).3 Indeed, translational research is heralded by some as a savior of the biomedical research enterprise by hastening the translation of biomedical discoveries to improved patient care.4 Although pediatric translational research is a small part of the overall translational research enterprise, it is important for improving child health and provides new opportunities for researchers from all pediatric disciplines.
- As President-elect Obama and the 111th US Congress assume leadership, we hope that they will work together to put children's health issues, and in particular, health insurance for children, on the national agenda. The new leadership will likely address 2 critical policy options related to child health insurance: reauthorization and potential expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), and expansion of health insurance to all children. We hope that policy makers keep in mind the substantial body of scientific evidence about SCHIP and child health insurance.