Chronically Ill Kids Reach for the Camera

by Madge Kaplan, WGBH Boston | National Public Radio | November 30, 2002

Dr. Michael Rich
, Director of CMCH, “has been asking young people to create
their own video narratives so doctors could better understand what it’s like to live
with a chronic disease. Through a project called Video Intervention/Prevention Assessment, Rich has sent 36 of his patients
home with video cameras and an order to film everything — their homes, their schools and their daily activities.”



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Call for Better Music Rating Labels

by American Academy of Pediatrics | AAP News | November 1, 2002

“Several members of the US House of Representatives joined the American Academy of Pediatrics in urging the music
industry to offer more information in the parental advisory label that appears on recordings with explicit content.”




Dr. Michael Rich
, a member of the AAP Committee on Public Education who testified for the Academy, commented “As a pediatrician who specializes in adolescent medicine, I am keenly aware of how crucial
music is to a teen’s identity, and how it helps them define important social and interpersonal behaviors.
In fact, one study showed that 24% of high school students ranked popular music as one of their top three sources
for guidance on social interaction.”


Dr. Rich continued, “The current system of parental advisory labels provides inadequate information for parents to make appropriate choices for their children.
To disclose the content of their product is not a violation of rights, but truth in advertising.”
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