Author Affiliations: Ms Flanagin (email@example.com) is Deputy Managing Editor and Dr Winker is Deputy Editor, JAMA.
Poverty is an inveterate consequence and cause of ill health.1 Without financial resources, people cannot pay for basic human needs: food, water, sanitation, housing, and health care services. In addition, poor people often live in poor countries that have limited or deteriorating health care systems and not enough physicians, nurses, and other trained health care workers. Others live in countries with governments that ignore or are too ineffectual to address the health care needs of the poor. Individuals who are poor also lack adequate education to make appropriate decisions about health and prevention of disease and often lack equity and empowerment to attain education, employment, and skills needed to escape the cycle of poverty.
Flanagin A, Winker MA. Theme Issue on Poverty and Human DevelopmentCall for Papers on Interventions to Improve Health Among the Poor. JAMA. 2006;296(24):2970-2971. doi:10.1001/jama.296.24.2970