Poverty and Public Health

Learn more:

American Academy of Pediatrics: Poverty & Child Health

Children's Defense Fund: Child Poverty

Health Poverty Action: How Poverty is Created

Healthy People 2020: Poverty

The Nation's Health: Income Inequality: When Wealth Determines Health: Earnings Influential as Lifelong Social Determinant of Health


Dig deeper:

Pathways to Inequalities in Child Health (Pearce, et al., 2019)

Population Health in an Era of Rising Income Inequality: USA, 1980–2015 (Bor, et al., 2017)

Poverty Impedes Cognition (Mani, et al., 2013)

Relationship Between Childhood Socioeconomic Position and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): A Systematic Review (Walsh, et al., 2019)

You Can’t Walk or Bike Yourself Out of the Health Effects of Poverty: Active School Transport, Child Obesity, and Blind Spots in the Public Health Literature (Chaufan, et al., 2015)


Faith-focused resources:

Poor People's Campaign

American Friends Service Committee (Quakers): Building Economic Justice

Catholic Campaign for Human Development: Poverty USA

Maryknoll Office of Global Concern: Economic Justice

Rabbinical Assembly/UCSJ: "You Shall Strengthen Them": A Rabbinic Letter on the Poor

Religious Action Coalition of Reform Judaism: Global Poverty

Religious Action Coalition of Reform Judaism: Living Wage and Minimum Wage

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops: Safety Net and Income Support

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops: Economic Justice - Economy


Other groups working on this issue:

Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Children's Defense Fund: Child Poverty

Economic Policy Institute

Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness

National Center for Children in Poverty

Poverty Solutions (Univ. of Michigan)

Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law