National Child Health Day 2017

On National Child Health Day—the first Monday in October—we celebrate with a renewed commitment to work to improve the health and well-being of America’s children and families.

Nearly 74 million children under 18 years of age live in the U.S. All of them deserve a chance to reach their fullest potential. We must offer every child and family a fair shot at living their best life possible.

With parents and health professionals, we support the well-being of our children by working to improve their physical, behavioral and mental health.

George Sigounas, M.S., Ph.D.
“On Child Health Day, we at HRSA reaffirm our commitment to work toward achieving a brighter future for every child in America – a future which ensures that every child has the opportunities to reach his or her fullest potential.”
– George Sigounas, MS, Ph.D.
Administrator, HRSA

A Bright Future for Every Child

As we celebrate Child Health Day, the HRSA-supported Bright Futures Initiative imagines a promising future for every child, regardless of race, religion, background, income, politics, or any other factor. 

What is Bright Futures?

Bright Futures is a national health promotion and prevention initiative. Bright Futures: Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents  offers evidence-informed, age-appropriate recommendations and anticipatory guidance for preventive well-child visits for pediatric care providers, public health professionals, and parents across the nation and many parts of the world.

How Can You Support Child Health Day?

You can help us raise awareness about the importance of children’s health and the great work you currently do within the MCH community. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter by using the hashtag #ChildHealthDay. Discover how others are changing the lives of children on National Child Health Day.

Michael Lu, MD, MPH
“On this Child Health Day, let us rededicate ourselves to keep fighting the good fight, moving the needle, and keeping the dream alive for our nation’s children and families.”
– Michael Lu, M.D., M.P.H.
Associate Administrator, Maternal and Child Health


Date Last Reviewed:  October 2017

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