Mother's milk brings a range of health benefits, including improved brain development and a reduced risk of serious illness and infection. Providing milk can pose a challenge for any new mom, but the challenge is even greater for the mothers of very low birth weight (VLBW) infants — those born weighing 3.3 pounds or less, and usually before 30 weeks of gestation. These tiny and vulnerable babies can spend weeks or months in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), creating serious barriers to mothers’ pumping and feeding of their own milk.
A new paper finds that factors affecting SDOH screening use vary by clinic, suggesting that local clinicians merit say-so in implementation.
An analysis of federal data found no link between housing assistance and cancer screening rates, highlighting the importance of other barriers to care.
Childcare costs, taxes, and eviction policies have an intertwined influence on housing stability, according to a new report from Children's HealthWatch.
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Boston Medical Center Develops Social Needs Screener as Part of Electronic Health Record to Improve Patient Outcomes
Study shows success in using EHR technology to streamline social determinant of health screening and referrals to hospital and community resources.
Pediatricians know social determinants greatly influence child health, but we rarely address them in well visits. It's time to rethink the standard of care.
Families with young children who experienced a reduction or cutoff in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits because of increased income were more likely to experience food insecurity and report poor health following the benefit change, according to new research from Children’s HealthWatch, based out of Boston Medical Center (BMC), and published in the May issue of Health Affairs.
It’s no mystery that the U.S. healthcare system isn’t doing its best to keep Americans healthy. In fact, the United States has been a poor-performing outlier on multiple measures, including access, outcomes, and spending.