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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 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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Underserved youth and the adults who care for them are wrestling with systemic inequities compounded by the coronavirus.
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“I don’t think it’s any different than any beat you’re covering,” says Tiney Ricciardi of The Denver Post. “Think about your audience and news they can use.”
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Disparities in youth fitness are a longstanding problem. The pandemic threatens to widen the gap.
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As DACA is spared, a journalist reflects on the program that helped her realize her dreams, get a job, and tell the stories of people forced to live in the shadows.
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Pam Belluck of The New York Times and expert Dr. Roberta DeBiasi offer fresh insights on the novel syndrome.

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