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So far, we have discussed clinic- and community-based approaches to identify and mitigate poverty-related health risks, with some themes emerging around a) the importance of the physician-family relationship, continuity of care, and HOW screening Qs are asked, b) bringing services TO families, such as Reach Out & Read, StreetCred, and VIP, and c) the often-missed opportunity to involve subspecialists in SDH-focused research/interventions.

I'd like to broaden the discussion to include policy-based approaches. We've briefly discussed the proven positive impact of the Earned Income Tax Credit & Child Tax Credit, which were highlighted in Dr. Klass' piece. Opportunities exist within federal & state programs, such as the Community Eligibility Provision in school nutrition programs (, where schools with high poverty rates can provide free meals to ALL children, avoiding the paperwork burden for families already receiving other benefits (e.g. TANF, SNAP). What are some policy-based approaches we should be aware of & advocating for, and if applicable, what have your experiences been like advocating for these?