Facing Poverty

fighting-child-povertyChildren living in poor households are at greater risk for harms to well-being far into adulthood. They have higher mortality in the first year of life; more frequent hospitalization and complications of chronic disease such as asthma; poorer nutrition and growth; and less access to quality medical care. The New Jersey Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics supports actions that have been proven to lessen the crippling effects of poverty, including access to care, healthy food, violence free neighborhoods, support for families, and early childhood education. NJAAP recognizes that investments made in early childhood reap the greatest life-long returns. [Read more]