May 1, 2016
BALTIMORE — Parent mentors and coaches, video and technology, and better implementation in schools could all be effective ways to improve health outcomes among children living in poverty that primary care providers can foster, according to data presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting.
Speaking during a symposium Sunday, the presenters noted the dire figures currently marking the realities of children in poverty — 4.8 million U.S. children, or about 6%, are uninsured. Of those uninsured children, 62% to 72 %, or about 3.5 million, are eligible for, but not enrolled in, Medicaid or CHIP. There are also racial disparities, with 5% of white children uninsured, compared with 8% among African American children and 12% among Latino children.