Opportunities to support optimal health for children in Medicaid beyond the COVID-19 pandemic

Am J Public Health

COVID-19 affects all segments of the population in the United States, including children, who experience physical, social, and emotional consequences from the pandemic. Given substantially higher rates of COVID-19 infections and deaths in low-income communities and communities of color, the disproportionate impact of social determinants may widen health disparities as a result of the pandemic. Medicaid provides health coverage to approximately 30 million children from low-income families. This includes many Black, Indigenous, and Latinx children who disproportionately experience inequities in exposures to social determinants, leading to increased health-related disparities. From a social determinants of health (SDOH) lens, we suggest programmatic interventions to decrease negative health impacts of the pandemic among children enrolled in Medicaid, exploring strategies to reduce health inequities.

DePriest K, Hassink S, Tuck K, Bakst C, Fitton S, Genen L, Potere A, Bower K. Opportunities to Support Optimal Health for Children in Medicaid Beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic. Am J Public Health. 2021 Mar;111(3):374-377. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2020.306113. PMID: 33566671.

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