Entries in PolicyLab (2)


Children's Health Negatively Impacted by Recession, Study Says

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- More than 15 million children are living in poverty, according to a new report released Monday by the PolicyLab at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

According to the report, which focuses on the effects of the recession on children's well-being, short-term periods of poverty can negatively affect the long-term health of a child.  Additionally, poor nutrition continues to contribute to the growing problem of childhood obesity, given the growing number of food insecure households in the U.S.

Pediatric hospitals have also reported increased cases of physical abuse.  Meanwhile, researchers are concerned that maltreatment of children "will spike as the recession comes to an end."

Authors of the study say they are hoping that federal, state and city governments establish adequate access to "safety net" programs to help combat the negative effect of the recession.

Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., is expected to discuss the report in a congressional briefing Wednesday.

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Hunger Still at Record Levels, Worst in Urban Areas, Single-Parent Households

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The United States Department of Agriculture says hunger across the U.S. stood at a record level in 2009, remaining "essentially unchanged from 2008 to 2009."  The latest statistics show the most severe hunger was "somewhat less prevalent" in December.

Children were hungry at some point during 2009 in 4.2 million households.  Food insecurity rates were much higher in households headed by single parents and among black and Hispanic households.  It's also more common in urban areas than it is in rural or suburban neighborhoods.

A new report from PolicyLab at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia finds economic conditions such as the wild economic ride of the last year-and-a-half can contribute to such problems.  The authors of the report say the recession that just ended, at least in technical terms, is too recent for them to assess its affect on hunger.  There is,however, evidence that previous recessions have had an impact on children's health.  The study finds even short-term bouts of poverty can have long-term health consequences. 

In addition to food insecurity, the PolicyLab research finds about 43 percent of families with children report difficulty affording stable housing.

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