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Should Pediatricians Ask Parents If They’re Poor?
National Public Radio

A single question asked at an annual checkup — whether parents have trouble making ends meet — could help pediatricians identify children at risk for serious health problems associated with poverty and the chronic levels of stress that often accompany it.

The American Academy of Pediatrics urges members to ask if their patients’ families are struggling financially and then commit to helping them get the resources they need to thrive. And some communities are trying to make that happen.

Since almost half of young children in the United States live in poverty or near poverty, it’s no small challenge.