Good Health Starts Early: Two Studies Show Links Between Child Poverty and Poor Adult Health

Source: Kate Bell Center for American Progress, September 8, 2008

Improving children’s health is key to better overall health outcomes, and should be a cornerstone of any comprehensive health care reform. Two new reports from the World Health Organization and the Campaign to End Child Poverty explore the extent to which health outcomes are determined by social conditions, including poverty, and they show that poverty in childhood has a clear effect on adult health.

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