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- Joshua Ogburn, Manager of Policy
- Katie Boyer, Senior Advisor, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
- Daniella Gratale, Director, Office of Child Health Policy & Advocacy
Poverty is the single largest driver of health according to the World Health Organization. A 2019 National Academies of Sciences report noted, “on average, a child growing up in a family whose income is below the poverty line experiences worse outcomes than a child from a wealthier family in virtually every dimension.”[i] Congress has an opportunity to ensure that children have a strong start in life by maintaining crucial anti-poverty provisions in the Build Back Better Act.