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Every day matters for young children during the critical early years of brain and body growth. Even brief deprivation for infants and toddlers creates negative short and long term health consequences. With each passing day that the US government is shut down, as federal workers and contractors go without pay, and funding for food and housing assistance dwindles, we grow more and more concerned for the health of our patients and children across this country. As pediatricians and public health researchers, we know that when families are unable to afford food, housing, and other basic needs the health of young children and their families suffers.
Sherita Mouzon has penned an open letter discussing her experiences of discrimination growing up in North Philadelphia.
The violent treatment of Jazmine Headley and her 18-month-old son in a county assistance office in New York City exemplifies everything that is wrong with the way public-assistance programs work in the United States. It is emblematic of how our government treats low-income women and children of color—as if their every move must be controlled, surveilled, and penalized.
The Philadelphia Inquirer's new article, featuring quotes from Center Director Mariana Chilton and Community Engagement Specialist Sherita Mouzon, writes how census data suggests that populations from different zip codes radically differ in terms of life expectancy.
Decades of research from Children's HealthWatch and others show participation in public programs improves the health and development of young children in families with low incomes, including children with immigrant parents. Below we document the child and family health benefits of public assistance programs and highlight the ways in which forcing families to choose between providing basic necessities for their family or risk their future immigration status jeopardizes the public health and economic prosperity of our nation.