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March 2017

Improving Access to Evidence-Based Antipoverty Government Programs in the United States: A Novel Primary Care Initiative

Author Affiliations
  • 1Boston Combined Residency Program at Boston Children’s Hospital and Boston Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 2Department of Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA Pediatr. 2017;171(3):211-212. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2016.3868

The US government acknowledges the struggle of low-income, working families raising children by providing the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), a program repeatedly shown to improve child health but largely overlooked by the pediatrics community. During the 2016 tax season, we developed a program called “StreetCred” (http://www.mystreetcred.org) to help families access the EITC while visiting their pediatricians in primary care clinics.

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