February 2023 Newsletter
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Pediatricians recognize poverty as among the most powerful predictors of children’s future health and development. Yet doctors often feel powerless in mitigating the effects of poverty in the office setting, despite the acknowledgement of the critical role poverty plays in both the health of individual patients and the long-term economic success of our nation.
Docs for Tots believes that health care providers can assist families in accessing a range of supports in order to be financially secure. Young children’s doctors can connect families with important resources, like tax credits, and be advocates for strengthening supports like family leave insurance. Doctors must also be a powerful voice for drawing attention to the health consequences of child poverty.
As a doctor, you are uniquely poised to:
What happens during the first months and years of life sets either a sturdy or a fragile stage for what follows.