AAP targets poverty in a bid to improve health standard of living of children

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has committed itself to eliminating child poverty and called on US pediatricians to improve the health and standard of living of the many US children currently living at or below the poverty line. In a policy statement published online March 9 in the journal Pediatrics, the academy has referred to research showing that poverty-related determinants of health have lifelong adverse consequences “negatively affecting physical health, socioemotional development, and educational achievement.” It says, “With improved understanding of the root causes and distal effects of poverty, pediatricians can apply interventions in practice to help address the toxic effects of poverty on children and families.”