At 50th Anniversary of War on Poverty, American Academy of Pediatrics Urges Leaders to Renew Pledge to Improve Lives of Vulnerable Families

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As the U.S. marks the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty declared by President Lyndon B. Johnson, too many of our nation’s children still suffer the indelible effects of hunger, homelessness and financial insecurity.

As the U.S. marks the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty declared by President Lyndon B. Johnson, too many of our nation’s children still suffer the indelible effects of hunger, homelessness and financial insecurity.

The American Academy of Pediatrics, which has designated poverty and child health a strategic priority, calls on the nation’s leaders to renew the pledge to help our nation’s most vulnerable members.

“Poverty affects children in ways that persist through adulthood, leading to poorer development and lifelong chronic health conditions,” said AAP President James M. Perrin, MD, FAAP. “More than 1 in 5 children are living in poverty in the U.S. These children are our future workers, teachers, and leaders. As a nation, we must commit to giving them a healthy start in life if we want to ensure our nation’s future growth and success.”

In 2013, the AAP designated poverty and child health a strategic priority, making this issue a focus of the Academy’s work for the next three years. The AAP Poverty and Child Health Leadership Work Group is developing a strategic plan that addresses the health effects of poverty and ensures the healthy development of all children within a medical home.

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The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 60,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. For more information, visit http://www.aap.org.

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