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Disparities and Discrimination in Philadelphia

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Our new report from Children's HealthWatch, From Disparities to Discrimination: Getting at the Roots of Food Insecurity, highlights emerging research from our Philadelphia site that documents differences in food insecurity in relation to experiences with racial and ethnic discrimination on the street, in healthcare, school and work, with the police, and in other settings. Our analysis shows that lifetime experiences of discrimination are strongly linked to reports of household and child food insecurity.

Our country is broken, fractured along racial lines. 
I am deeply hurt, deeply concerned, and calling on everyone who will listen to take action.

-Tianna Gaines-Turner, Witnesses to Hunger. Forum on 50 Years after the Kerner Commission Report. 

We provide in-depth discussion and recommendations on four major areas in a series of spotlights: 

(December 2018)

Racial and ethnic disparities in food insecurity persist in the United States. In this report, we highlight the emerging research from our Philadelphia site that documents differences in food insecurity in relation to experiences with racial and ethnic discrimination on the street, in healthcare, school and work, with the police, and in other settings. We analyze discrimination and food insecurity in the context of the racial and ethnic disparities in food insecurity in the United States and in the twenty-year history of the Children’s HealthWatch dataset from the front lines of pediatric care. Our analysis finds that lifetime experiences of discrimination are strongly linked to reports of household and child food insecurity. 

(November 2018)

Discrimination in Philadelphia schools and among employers is linked to household and child food insecurity. This research is based on interviews conducted by Children's HealthWatch-Philadelphia where we interviewed 669 mothers of young children under age 4 at the emergency room at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. During the interviews, caregivers were asked about household and child food insecurity and lifetime experiences of discrimination. The majority of the mothers interviewed were between the ages of 22-29.

(November 2018)

Discrimination in receiving housing, public assistance, and healthcare is linked to household and child food insecurity. These findings are based on interviews conducted by Children's HealthWatch-Philadelphia where we interviewed 669 children under age 4 seen in the emergency room at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. Caregivers were asked about household and child food insecurity and experiences of discrimination (EOD) based on race, ethnicity, or color while applying for housing, getting public assistance, and getting medical care. 

(November 2018)

This spotlight provides a description of how discrimination in public spaces and by police may be linked to household and child food insecurity. In this research from Children's HealthWatch-Philadelphia, a sample of 669 caregivers of children under age 4 see in in the emergency room at St Christopher's Hospital for Children were interviewed about household and child food insecurity and experiences of discrimination (EOD). Caregivers of young children were asked about EODs based on race, ethnicity, or color that occurred in stores, restaurants, public settings, or streets. The survey also asked questions about EODs by police officers or court officials. Our analysis finds that lifetime experiences of discrimination- specifically those that occur in public settings and by police and the court systems- are strongly linked to reports of household and child food insecurity. 

(November 2018)

Children's HealthWatch is an ongoing study that began twenty years ago. During that time, we have interviewed more than 60,000 low-income caregivers of young children in emergency departments and primary care clinics in urban hospitals. This spotlight describes the Children's HealthWatch five-site dataset and illuminates disparities in food insecurity by caregivers' race, ethnicity, and country of origin. 

 

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