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September 14, 2020

Addressing Childhood Poverty in Pediatric Clinical Settings: The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Is a Missed Opportunity

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  • 1Department of Pediatrics, Boston Medical Center, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 2Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA Pediatr. 2020;174(12):1135-1136. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2020.2875

Two in 5 children are poor or nearly poor, and childhood poverty is a key social determinant of heath that is associated with negative health and developmental outcomes across the life course. In 2016, the American Academy of Pediatrics published a policy statement on child poverty and health, emphasizing the importance of addressing poverty-related risk factors in the delivery of pediatric care.1

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