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Notice to Readers Child Health Month -- October 1997

October 1997 is Child Health Month. The overall theme for Child Health Month for 1997-1999 is substance-abuse prevention, and this year's focus is on prevention of tobacco use.

In 1996, approximately 69 million children and adolescents aged less than 18 years lived in the United States; by 2020, the number is expected to increase to 78 million (1). Since 1992, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has used Child Health Month to increase public awareness of the value of preventive health care. Child Health Month originated from AAP's "Children: Our Future" campaign, which was developed from the "Access to Health Care" initiative of the late 1980s. October was selected because of Child Health Day, an observance originally designated for the first Monday in October by the President in 1928 to draw national attention to the status of children's health.

Additional information about Child Health Month is available from CDC's Office of Program Planning and Evaluation, telephone (404) 639-7086.


  1. Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics. America's children: key national indicators of well being. Washington, DC: Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, 1997.

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