“Because pediatricians work to prevent childhood diseases during health supervision visits and with anticipatory guidance, the early detection and management of poverty-related disorders is an important, emerging component of pediatric scope of practice. With improved understanding of the root causes and distal effects of poverty, pediatricians can apply interventions in practice to help address the toxic effects of poverty on children and families. They also can advocate for programs and policies to ameliorate early childhood adverse events related to poverty. Pediatricians have the opportunity to screen for risk factors for adversity, to identify family strengths that are protective against toxic stress, and to provide referrals to community organizations that support and assist families in economic stress.”
AAP Policy Statement: Poverty and Child Health in the United States
Find the full policy statement, Poverty and Child Health in the United States, in the April 2016 issue of Pediatrics.
The companion technical report, Mediators and Adverse Effects of Child Poverty in the United States, is also available in the same issue.