Tuesday, March 4 | 10:55 AM - 12:10 PM
Living in poverty and living in areas of concentrated poverty pose multiple risks for child development and for overall health and well-being.
Poverty is a major risk factor for several mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders, as well as for other developmental challenges and physical health problems.
In addition, social disparities in women's health conditions may help shape the likelihood of behavior problems in the subsequent generation. Improved public health programs and services for disadvantaged women across the life course may not only address their own urgent health needs, but reduce social disparities in the health and well-being of their children.
The poverty rate for children in the US is higher than any other age group. Many children in America are members of the 5 H Club. They are hungry, homeless, hug-less, hopeless and without health. Environmental and cultural factors can contribute to health and health behaviors. The impact of poverty on the psychological development of children and adolescents and the pathways through which poverty operates will be examined. Preventive, clinical and community skills must be brought together to develop creative solutions to diminish the impact of poverty on the health of children.
Kiti Freier-Randall, PhD
School of Medicine, Loma Linda University
Dr. Kiti Freier-Randall is a Pediatric Neurodevelopmental Psychologist with an extensive background working with high-risk infant and youth populations for over 20 years. As a consultant for Children's Network and First Five San Bernardino, She works with the San Bernardino County SART centers, Desert Mountain SELPA and San Bernardino County Preschools in California. She holds an academic appointment in the Departments of Pediatrics and Public Health at Loma Linda University & Children's Hospital in California and at Andrews University in Michigan.
Dr. Freier-Randall obtained her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science. She completed an internship and fellowship in High Risk Pediatrics at Henry Ford Hospital and Northwestern University. She has had a considerable academic career with professorship positions at the University of Miami, Brown University, Andrews University and Loma Linda University. She has been an investigator on several NIH, Federal, State, and Private Foundation grants.