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The Goal of this Toolkit

Welcome to the Media and Child Health Clinician Toolkit! This toolkit details the importance of recognizing media as an environmental health concern, and as such, provides research-based tools for addressing patients’ media related health issues. As you will learn, an essential part of this Toolkit is talking to your patients and their parents about their media exposure and use. Helping them realize how media affect their health and well-being can help prevent poor health outcomes and/or help them understand the complexity of a current health issue, while also providing practical tools and tips for resolving it. This Toolkit contains the research, guidance, and materials you need to inform your patients about the effects of media on their health, instruct them on how to best use media, and set them up for success by providing guidance, tips and tools that they can use in their everyday lives.

Preparing to use the Toolkit
  1. Familiarize yourself with the different sections of the toolkit, including the Flowchart and Guidance.
  2. Watch the video for a demonstration of how to use the information in this toolkit. It models a conversation between the clinician, parent and patient about media use related to a particular health challenge.
  3. Read the Anticipatory Guidance for basic information on how media can be related to eight different health concerns.
How to use this Toolkit in clinic
  1. As per the Flowchart, have parents, as well as children thirteen and older, fill out the corresponding Media and Health History survey.
  2. As per the Flowchart, review the history form(s) to identify any YES answers.
  3. As per the Flowchart Guidance, provide the Healthy Media Strategies Tip Sheet(s), as well as anticipatory guidance, based on the corresponding YES answers.
  4. Additionally, you can provide the relevant Age-Based Tip Sheet(s), so parents (and patients) have general guidance on managing media with children of particular ages.
As you use this Toolkit, please let us know what you think. What works? What doesn’t? What else would be helpful? Do you have tips or tricks that you can share with other clinicians? Please write to us at cmch@childrens.harvard.edu. We’d love to hear from you!

This toolkit was created with funding from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care