How the recession is affecting children’s health


Children in the West Philadelphia neighborhood of Mantua took an ice cream break on a scorching hot summer 2011 day painting murals. (Bas Slabbers/NewsWorks file photo)

Hour 1

Often lost in the staggering and numbing statistics about U.S. households suffering these hard times is specifically how children in those households are affected by threats like unemployment, hunger, foreclosure and poverty. On today’s Radio Times, guest-host MAIKEN SCOTT talks with three experts answering those questions. Dr. JOANNE N. WOOD of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia just published a study in the journal Pediatrics that found serious child abuse is on the rise in areas of the country most heavily-hit by the recession, contradicting other national child welfare data. Dr. JILL FOSTER, chief of Immunology at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, is leading the new Center for the Urban Child effort there, which will seek to help the children of Philadelphia break the cycles of food insecurity, violence and childhood illness. And we’ll speak with JANN JACKSON, senior associate at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, who will brief us on the 2012 KIDS COUNT Data Book findings and about how Delaware Valley kids are doing in areas such as economic well-being, health and education.

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