Health needs of homeless children and families

M. Weitzman, S. I. Fisch, Jr Holmberg, R. E. Jackson, A. D. Lisbin, C. J. McKay, P. Melinkovich, R. L. Meuli, Y. L. Piovanetti, A. E. Dyson, L. K. Grossman, J. A. McLaurin, C. Poland, J. S. Schultz, M. S. Jones, D. O'Hare

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The intent of this statement is to substantiate the existence of homelessness in virtually every community, illustrate the pervasive health and psychosocial problems facing the growing population of children who are homeless, and encourage practitioners to include homeless children in their health care delivery practices, social services, and advocacy efforts. The recommendations will guide practitioners in taking actions to diminish the severe negative impact that living in temporary shelters has on the health and well-being of developing children. In this statement the American Academy of Pediatrics reaffirms its stance that homeless children need permanent dwellings in order to thrive.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)789-791
Number of pages3
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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