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Cultivating Healthy Communities: Lessons from the Field on Addressing Food Insecurity in Health Care Settings

Health care providers are becoming increasingly aware that the key to improving patients’ health relies on addressing their social needs. Understanding that a large percentage of patient health outcomes are due to factors outside of clinical care, many clinics and hospitals around the country have taken a preventive approach by actively screening for health-related social needs, such […]

Pushing health care’s boundaries: Food is medicine

The three year old I was examining was grumpy and uncooperative. His mom assured me she had no concerns about his development, but I wasn’t so sure – he appeared withdrawn and nonverbal to my eyes.  Attempting to see more interaction, I asked if I could offer him some graham crackers. His eyes lit up, […]

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Doctor’s Orders: Promoting Healthy Child Development by Increasing Food Security in Arkansas

Parents should be able to afford to meet basic needs, including rent, utilities, medical bills, and prescriptions, and still have enough each month to pay for adequate food for all family members. Unfortunately, this is not a reality for many families in Arkansas, especially those with young children. Even those with higher levels of education […]

Doctor’s Orders: Promoting Healthy Child Development by Increasing Food Security in Arkansas

Our hope for all of the patients we see in the pediatric clinics at Arkansas Children’s Hospital is that they will thrive in families that have enough money for basic needs, including rent, utilities, medical bills, and prescriptions and still have enough each month to pay for adequate food for all family members (food security). […]

Healing the whole child is health care innovation

When the Great Recession hit in 2008, I immediately began to worry about its impacts on the bodies of the very young patients in my Growth and Development clinic at Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) in Little Rock. Moreover, the data we collect in the Pediatric Emergency Department corroborated what I sensed from my patients to […]