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Extending the Child Tax Credit to Break the Cycle of Poverty

Although taxes may seem outside the scope of medical practice, poverty may be the most important factor affecting the health of patients. Physicians have the unique perspective to demonstrate how economic opportunity enables children to reach their full potential. Of importance, approximately 4 million eligible children will not receive this credit for tax year 2021 […]

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Can the Hunger Vital Sign™ act as a prescreen for other social needs?

Over the past decade, the health care community has demonstrated growing interest in and commitment to addressing social determinants of health (SDOH) and patients’ social needs – the midstream manifestations of the impact of SDOH1 – in clinical settings. Four out of 5 US hospitals demonstrate leadership commitment to systematically address social needs as part […]

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Failure to Thrive or Growth Faltering: Medical, Developmental/Behavioral, Nutritional, and Social Dimensions

Practice Gap Beyond recognizing the medical and nonmedical dimensions that often interact to cause childhood growth faltering and malnutrition, it is important to understand the role of pediatric feeding disorders, to screen for and address social determinants of health, and to understand the multidisciplinary model of treatment. Objectives After completing this article, readers should be able […]

Hospitals target nutrition, other social needs to boost health

Tom Shicowich “really, really, really liked Coca-Cola” before he began a new nutrition program targeting his Type 2 diabetes and weight. Being on a “very tight budget,” he couldn’t afford the fruit and vegetables he cut up for a living at his part-time grocery store job. Dinner was often a pizza or fast food meal he picked up on […]

Social Determinants Across the Life Course: The Need to Invest in Families

On December 5th, 2016, Children’s HealthWatch Principal Investigator, Dr. Megan Sandel, presented at the The Root Cause Coalition’s First Annual National Summit on the Social Determinants of Health on December 5 – 6, 2016 at The Drake Hotel in Chicago, IL.

Defining The Health Care System’s Role In Addressing Social Determinants And Population Health

It is now widely recognized that the health outcomes of populations often are determined more by social factors than by medical care. Much of the most innovative recent work on social determinants and population health demonstrates the value of partnerships across sectors, with health care systems partnering with community-based organizations ranging from housing authorities to […]