Poverty and economic hardship are associated with numerous health problems, including developmental delays, obesity, asthma, substance use disorders, and injuries stemming from violence. Those with limited financial means have fewer opportunities to eat nutritious foods, stay physically active, afford basic necessities, manage chronic conditions, and access quality care for themselves and their families. Financial strain also creates toxic stress, which can result in emotional, developmental, and physical problems in children who grow up in impoverished environments.
To improve health outcomes and expand economic opportunity, Boston Medical Center (BMC) connects patients and families to numerous programs and services that support financial wellness and build healthier communities. These programs help people apply for health coverage, access no- or low-cost medications, obtain food and groceries, pay their utility bills, file tax returns and secure refunds, and more.