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Children's Health Matters

Children's Health Matters is a column that shares the latest reporting, research, commentary and ideas on pediatric health and child development; prevention models to reduce health disparities for ill children and children born into poverty; links between maternal and children’s health; and broader trends in children's health and well-being.

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As the Supreme Court considers a challenge to the landmark law, a new study reveals important benefits for low-income women.
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Many of the topics we report on every day benefit when viewed through a child-focused lens.
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Once a coronavirus immunization is released for children, will parents be reluctant to get their kids vaccinated?
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After coming out as gay or transgender, many young people are cut off from friends during the pandemic and trapped in homes where nobody accepts them.
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The surveys provide yet another look at how minorities and lower-income Americans have been disproportionately hurt by COVID-19.
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As one mom put it: “If it were short-term, sure, we can endure that level of suffering, but for a year or two? I feel like I have to take a bit of a risk.”
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A focus on these three key areas could go a long way toward achieving health equity.
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“It's overwhelming,” one diaper bank director said. “We're trying to do the best we can.”
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“There’s a mad scramble going on right now,” said WSJ national education reporter Tawnell Hobbs.
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The earliest years of life play a decisive role in a child's prospects for a healthy life, explains Harvard's Jack Shonkoff.

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U.S. children and teens have struggled with increasing rates of depression, anxiety and suicidal behavior for much of the past decade. Join us as we explore the systemic causes and policy failures that have accelerated the crisis and its inequitable impact, as well as promising community-driven approaches and evidence-based practices. The webinar will provide fresh ideas for reporting on the mental health of youth and investigating the systems and services. Sign-up here!

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