To Promote Children’s Health, We Need to Address Childhood Poverty

Poverty wreaks havoc on children’s lives, stunting their intellectual development and harming their health. Children raised in poverty experience declines in growth and development, becoming susceptible to numerous otherwise preventable illnesses in the process. Tragically, almost 1 in 5 American children live in poverty:


Republicans and Democrats must agree on the importance of helping American children thrive. They need to focus on bipartisan efforts to address childhood poverty. And when poverty can’t be addressed, they need to find ways to make sure children coming from poor families have affordable access to necessary medical care.

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