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How you can address the health effects of childhood poverty

June 14, 2016
by Patrick Gauthier
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The health and behavioral health fields must recognize that childhood poverty is a social co-morbidity and a critical public health issue. To this end, providers should actively support causes that focus on:

  • Increasing research and education to better define the extent of childhood poverty and establish more accurate estimates of prevalence and incidence of ACEs;
  • Developing child population-specific networks of care that include school-based behavioral health, home and community based services (HCBS), wellness programs, and social services care coordination;
  • Consolidating funding across health, behavioral health, and social programs to coordinate care; and
  • Closely reviewing the use of psychotropic medications in children to inform social policies, legislation, and regulations.

Patrick Gauthier is the director of AHP Healthcare Solutions.

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