From: The Honorable Rosa L. DeLauro
Enacting Public Policy that Lifts Kids Out of Poverty
While we continue to debate how to address poverty, millions of children – 15.5 million in 2014 – are growing up poor. Countless research has underscored the connection between poverty and children’s health; so much so that the American Academy of Pediatrics recently announced a new policy in which pediatricians will screen for risk factors associated with poverty. As this bold initiative demonstrates, living in poverty has adverse outcomes for children — links have been made between poverty and school achievement; brain development; teen pregnancy; substance abuse; and higher rates of criminal behavior and incarceration.
As policymakers, it is imperative that we do all we can to mitigate the long-term negative effects of living in poverty.
Given the urgency of the issue, I invite you to join a distinguished panel of experts who will speak on the ways poverty affects children and their development; but more importantly, will present recommendations that we can enact to bolster the healthy development
of our children, regardless of what conditions they were born into.
The briefing will feature:
- Dr. Valerie Wilson, Economic Policy Institute – Director, Program on Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy
- Dr. Sara Johnson, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine – Associate Professor
- Dr. Stefanie DeLuca, Johns Hopkins University – Associate Professor, Dept. of Sociology
- Shree Chauhan, National Urban League – Senior Manager for Education and Health Policy
Moderated by: Rebecca Vallas, Center for American Progress – Managing Director, Poverty to Prosperity Program
I hope your staff will be able to join us for this briefing. Space is limited, so please RSVP to Mayra Macias at