At risk in America
Experts weigh in on how to lift
children out of poverty, despite
by Lori O’Keefe • Correspondent
The poverty rate for U.S. children under the
age of 18 dropped for the first time since 2000
— from 21.8% in 2012 to 19.9% in 2013. That
means 1.4 million kids escaped poverty in 2013,
according to the most recent U.S. Census
Although this is good news, 14. 7 million chil-
dren still live in poverty and account for more
than 32% of the nation’s impoverished popu-
“The decline in childhood poverty is won-
Black children were the only group not to
derful news, yet in the context of poverty, the
childhood rate remains unacceptable,” said Jodie
Levin-Epstein, deputy director of the Center
for Law and Social Policy (CLASP). “The longer
children experience poverty, the worse their out-
comes are in adulthood.”
Hispanic children had the biggest decline in
poverty, from 33.3% in 2012 to 30% in 2013.
But this group also had a huge jump in poverty
rates between 2006 and 2010, increasing from
26.6% to 34.3%.
experience a drop in poverty from 2012 to 2013.
Among all youths, black children had the high-
est poverty rate.
A closer look
The Census Bureau attributes the overall
improvement to more people working full time,
year-round. The number of families with at least
one full-time, year-round worker increased by
220,000, and median family income rose from
$60,856 to $62,161.
Poverty, however, is not always related to
unemployment. More than 70% of poor chil-
dren have at least one parent who works, and
more than 30% of poor children and more than
See Poverty, page 15
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Volume 35 • Number 12 • December 2014
by Alyson Sulaski Wyckoff • Associate Editor
Benard P. Dreyer, M.D., FAAP,
was in the middle of making
patient rounds with residents and
medical students at Bellevue Hospital in New York when the call
came in: He was the new AAP
Dr. Dreyer, who ran against
Joseph F. Hagan Jr., M.D., FAAP,
of Burlington, Vt., follows Sandra G. Hassink, M.D.,
M.S., FAAP, of Wilmington, Del. Dr. Hassink assumes
the office of AAP president Jan. 1, 2015, and Dr.
Dreyer will take over a year later.
As president, Dr. Dreyer said he will make sure the
Academy continues to support pediatricians in practice,
“who are on the front lines of pediatric care”; ensure
that young physicians find value in their membership
and are supported; and, most importantly, support
the AAP Agenda for Children.
“It’s the heart of the mission of the AAP, especially
the new strategic priority, child poverty, which is the
most critical issue facing children in the U.S. today,”
Dr. Dreyer was instrumental in advocating for the
inclusion of poverty and child health as an AAP priority.
“It’s really exciting for me to now be able to be one of
the leaders that moves that agenda forward for children,” he said.
As president, Dr. Dreyer is unsure whether he will
take a leave from overseeing the Division of Develop-mental-Behavioral Pediatrics at New York University
Dr. Dreyer will be 2016 AAP president
See Election, page 8
Capturing the beauty in human
diversity through a new lens
Rick Guidotti, (center) keynoter at the 2014 AAP National Conference & Exhibition, shared compelling images
like those above to illustrate his journey from fashion photographer to CEO of a non-profit group called Positive
Exposure, which uses visual arts to change public perceptions of those with differences.
To read more on his presentation and additional coverage of the annual conference, see pages 12-13.