Health Care Issues in Homeless Children – Nov 2009

While at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, I was fortunate to complete a 4 week elective at Johns Hopkins University. The elective introduced me to my friend Nancy Newman and The Ark Preschool – the only state accredited preschool for homeless children in Baltimore City.

This is where I learned the intimate connection between housing and health and why children with unstable housing are uniquely vulnerable to negative health outcomes including poor nutrition, developmental delay, obesity, anemia, and under-immunization that places them at risk for infectious diseases. This article describes my experiences.

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