What is the role of public health in CAMH?
Public health includes mental health. Thus, public health has a role to play in assessing and improving CAMH. Promoting CAMH includes making sure children and adolescents meet developmental milestones, understanding what to do when there is a concern, supporting positive parenting strategies, and improving access to care. Public health can play a role in all these activities. For example, CDC already works with partner agencies to better understand mental health and mental disorders and the impact they have on children and adolescents. Health departments at all levels can play an important role by building their own capacity to assess and improve CAMH through population-level surveillance and working with partners to implement data-informed interventions and policies.