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Poverty and Public Health

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We are officially in the season of giving - a time of joy. But for those who are simply trying to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table, it is a time of high stress. Maybe it's a time for all of us to give some thought to why so many in this country have so little.

Today, more than 40 million people live in poverty in the United States. About 7.5 million of them are right here in California - 19 percent of the state's population. And not surprisingly, research has shown there is a link between being poor and poor health. More than a decade ago, the World Health Organization (WHO) asked, "Why do we keep treating people for illnesses only to send them back to the conditions that created illness in the first place?" The WHO was talking about poverty, which often leads to hunger, and that can lead to poor performance by school-age children.

Baackes, John


L.A. Care Health Plan

Poverty and Health

December 4, 2018

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