Infant Mental Health for the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Poverty and the Safety Net 

Without consistent access to basic needs it is difficult for families to establish the best environment for development of optimal social-emotional health. 

Some supports for basic needs include: 

CHIP (Childrens Health Insurance Program): http://chipmedicaid.org/

Diaper Banks: Provide diapers and related items to families with infants and toddlers. Older children with disabilities, adults with disabilities, and the elderly may also need assistance with the cost of diapers. The National Diaper Bank Network: http://www.diaperbanknetwork.org/

Food Stamps: Helps low-income people buy food: http://www.ssa.gov/pubs/10101.html 

Medicaid: provides health insurance to low-income Americans: http://www.medicaid.gov/index.html

TANF (Temporary Aid to Needy Families): Helps families get time-limited financial assistance. http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofa/tanf/about.html

WIC (Women Infants Children) : Provides supplemental food to infants and children up to age five as well as pregnant and breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding post-partum women. There are restrictions on what food products may be purchased. http://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/

Reflection:

What social determinants of health do I routinely address and screen for?

References and Resources:

Cohn, J. (2011). The two year window. The New Republic. November 9, 2011. http://www.tnr.com/article/economy/magazine/97268/the-two-year-window?page=0,0&passthru=YzBlNDJmMmRkZTliNDgwZDY4MDhhYmIwMjYyYzhlMjg

Gorski, P. (2011). Infant mental health: The science, context, and meaning of formative relationships. Current Problems in Pediatric and Adolescent Health Care, 41: 210-213.