On #Giving Tuesday, Invest in the Health of Children in North Philadelphia

#GivingTuesday is here and serves as a reminder of what great impact can be made by the collective efforts of many. Today, please consider supporting the health and well-being of children and families in North Philadelphia. As one of the poorest and most challenged communities in America, your investment will make an important and lasting impact. With your help, St. Christopher’s Foundation for Children can continue building community-based programs that address the “root” of some...Read more...

FreshRX Tickets Now Available

A sneak peek at one of this year’s most anticipated events This year’s FreshRX: A Prescription for Health on Oct. 30 has already attracted top experts in the health and wellness field from around the country. “We have a tremendous lineup,” says Ann Hoskins-Brown, SCFC’s FreshRX program director. “Our keynote speaker is Roberta Friedman, director of Public Policy at the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University.” Friedman will be focusing on the new guidelines that have defined...Read more...

Poverty: A Powerful Influence on Inner City Kids

Find out what the crack epidemic has taught researchers about the health and well being of families in North Philadelphia By the late 1980s, Philadelphia was submerged into a crack-cocaine epidemic that was not only claiming the lives of adults, but also exposing babies to the dangerous drug in-utero. In 1989, Hallam Hurt, then the chair of neonatology at Albert Einstein Medical Center in North Philadelphia, set out to study the impact of this highly addictive drug on newborns, specifically...Read more...

What Happens to Oral Health Under the Affordable Care Act?

Find out the latest for you and your family Not everyone who supported the Affordable Care Act is pleased with what it could mean for the future of kid’s dental care, according to the Kaiser Health News. The concern is that children who would have access oral healthcare as part of the new plan (among families who don’t already qualify for Medicaid or CHIP) may not be able to afford it after all. “This is a huge disappointment,” Sen. Ben Cardin, a longtime proponent of improving...Read more...

Kids, Stress and Violence

A new report offers advice on how to protect our kids The Institute of Medicine released a new report that provides a road map for what needs to be done to prevent gun violence among America’s youngest citizens. Discussing how the issue impacts young black men, Marian Wright Edelman, the president of the Children’s Defense Fund, provides insights into the the effects of violence on health. “The odds against growing into a productive adulthood are almost overwhelming for black...Read more...

A Doctor’s Perspective: Poverty

The financial impact on children’s health   Dr. Perri Klass, a pediatrician who writes about children’s health, recently shared her perspective on how poverty impacts kid’s health in America today. In an essay for The New York Times, Klass writes, “In the exam room, we try to mitigate the pain and suffering that are its pernicious symptoms. But our patients’ well-being depends on more, on public health measures and prevention that lift the darkness so all children can grow toward the light.”...Read more...