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Every child should grow up healthy and resilient.
BestStart Washington aims to give them that chance.

BestStart Washington gives children their best start toward lifelong success and resilience by working to improve their physical health, emotional wellbeing and academic achievement. Founded and governed by pediatricians, BestStart Washington collaborates with community pediatricians, families and other partners to develop and fund innovative programs that give children the best possible start on healthy and productive lives.

What’s New

BestStart Washington Awarded State Grant

BSW received a grant from the Washington State Department of Early Learning to support the Coalition for Safety and Health in Child Care (CSHEL) in connecting Infant Nurse Consultants,  Head Start and ECEAP health professionals working throughout Washington state.

 

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Children’s Health News

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Let’s Not Talk About Sex
The New York Times
Posted: August 22, 2014

“Every year in the United States thousands of men and women die from cancers that can be prevented with a simple vaccine. Sadly, uptake of this cancer-preventing vaccine is abysmal. One reason: Doctors don’t want to talk about sex. The good news is, they don’t have to.”

 

 

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Fighting Chronic Disease
The Heckman Equation
Posted: May 1, 2014
New research from economist James Heckman and colleagues shows that quality early childhood programs that incorporate health and nutrition help prevent adult chronic disease.