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Poverty and Child Health

State Advocacy Resources 

Poverty and Child Health is a priority on the AAP Agenda for Children 2017-2018. The AAP Division of State Government Affairs provides resources to support AAP chapters and members advocating on behalf of children and families living in poverty.  

5 Key State Child Poverty Measures | State child poverty data

2018 State Actions | Minimum Wage

2018 State Actions | Paid Leave

2018 State Actions | State Child Care and Dependent Care Tax Credits

2018 State Actions | State Earned Income Tax Credits

State Child Poverty Commissions, Councils, and Task Forces | A compilation of information about state level commissions, councils, or task forces working to address poverty.

Child Poverty State Advocacy Partners | Partnerships, alliances, and coalitions working to address child poverty.

Child Poverty-State Advocacy Infographic | An at-a-glance resource to help you convey key state advocacy data about child poverty.

AAP Chapter Initiatives and Resources

These pages will be continually updated with examples from AAP chapter state advocacy initaitives and resources related to poverty and child health. If you have information on initiatives or resources in your state, let us know at

​AAP California Chapter 1
One Degree Collaboration
Reverse Food Truck
Who's Hungry-You Can't Tell by Looking Project

​AAP California Chapter 4
No Child Hungry: Pediatricians Promoting Food Security

AAP Maryland Chapter
​Poverty Task Force

AAP Massachusetts Chapter​ ​ ​ ​ ​
MCAAP Statement on the Chapter's Role in Combating Poverty
State Earned Income Tax Credit Testimony
State Earned Income Tax Credit Testimony (2)
State Earned Income Tax Credit Testimony (3)
State Earned Income Tax Credit Leave Behind

AAP Minnesota Chapter ​
Child Health Initiative: Reducing Health Disparities and Poverty
Children in Poverty Op Ed

AAP New Jersey Chapter​
Agenda for Children 2016-2017 | Facing Poverty

​AAP New York District
2016 Priority Pediatric Policy, Program, and Practice Issues
2016 Legislative Priorities
Impact of Poverty on Children Testimony

AAP New York Chapter 1
Poverty Task Force

AAP Washington Chapter
Paid Family and Medical Leave Testimony

AAP Washington, DC Chapter
​Universal Paid Leave Act of 2015 Testimony
Universal Paid Leave Act of 2015 Testimony (2)

​AAP Wisconsin Chapter
The Pediatrician's Guide to Poverty Resources