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The Public's Health: Sequester puts America’s brain trust at risk

February 28, 2013
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February 28, 2013

Dr. Mariana Chilton wrote a guest blog for The Public's Health Blog on Philly.com.  The blog discusses the impact of the impending sequestration and how the premier of the movie A Place at the Table is at a perfect time for people to learn and take action.

"On Friday if Congress and the president do not act, what is known as the budget sequestration-- automatic cuts to a wide range of government programs– will kick in.

This spells public health disaster.

The first to feel the massive cuts to public health programs will be mothers and young children. The youngest are like canaries in a coal mine – the most sensitive to any change in the political winds, and thus the best human indicators of how well our policies are working. Cuts are scheduled to hit Head Start, childcare subsidies, special education, and mental health services, to name just a few."

One area that will be particularly painful relates to families’ most basic needs: good nutrition. The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants & Children (WIC) provides supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for pregnant and lactating moms and their children under five. WIC serves 53% of all infants and 25% of all pregnant women in the United States – more than 9 million mothers and young children each month."

To read the full post click here.

 

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