So far, we have discussed clinic- and community-based approaches to identify and mitigate poverty-related health risks, with some themes emerging around a) the importance of the physician-family relationship, continuity of care, and HOW screening Qs are asked, b) bringing services TO families, such as Reach Out & Read, StreetCred, and VIP, and c) the often-missed opportunity to involve subspecialists in SDH-focused research/interventions.
I'd like to broaden the discussion to include policy-based approaches. We've briefly discussed the proven positive impact of the Earned Income Tax Credit & Child Tax Credit, which were highlighted in Dr. Klass' piece. Opportunities exist within federal & state programs, such as the Community Eligibility Provision in school nutrition programs (fns.usda.gov/school-meals/comm...), where schools with high poverty rates can provide free meals to ALL children, avoiding the paperwork burden for families already receiving other benefits (e.g. TANF, SNAP). What are some policy-based approaches we should be aware of & advocating for, and if applicable, what have your experiences been like advocating for these?
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