Forum Session

Growing Up in Urban America: Implications for Child Health and Welfare
February 22, 2000


Richard Hegner


This Forum meeting examined two recent pioneering studies of the urban environment and its effect on the health and well-being of America's children. One analyzed trends in the nation's 100 largest metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs), comparing and contrasting indices for inner cities and their surrounding suburban counties. The second investigated data gleaned from birth certificates in the nation's 50 largest center cities and discussed demographic factors that influence children's well-being. The principal author of each study presented its major findings; two veterans of House Ways and Means Committee staff then discussed the policy implications of the studies, with particular emphasis on the interrelationship between poverty and health. Early reports on the results of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 were also discussed.


Dennis P. Andrulis, PhD, Research Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine, SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn; William P. O'Hare, PhD, Kids Count Coordinator, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore; Ron Haskins, PhD, Staff Director, Subcommittee on Human Resources, House Committee on Ways and Means; Wendell E. Primus, PhD, Director for Income Security, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

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