Many children in the United States fail to reach their full health and developmental potential. Disparities in their health and well-being result from the complex interplay of multiple social and environmental determinants that are not adequately addressed by current standards of pediatric practice or public policy. Integrating the principles and practice of child health equitychildren's rights, social justice, human capital investment, and health equity ethicsinto pediatrics will address the root causes of child health disparities.
Promoting the principles and practice of equity-based clinical care, child advocacy, and child- and family-centered public policy will help to ensure that social and environmental determinants contribute positively to the health and well-being of children. The Gustafson Family Foundation is dedicated to advancing pediatric health care, especially to low-income and minority children, so that every child can reach his or her full potential for health and development. This will be accomplished by providing services across a wide range of categories, including infant health, access to providers, prevention, and management of chronic diseases.
The Gustafson Family Foundation seeks to bring more of its resources to bear for the benefit of ensuring that young children at risk have access to adequate healthcare. By 2013, at least 25% of the Foundation's annual grant awards will be committed to that end. The GFF is seeking to build lasting relationships with other organizations committed to making sure all children have access to the right health care at the right time and in the right setting.