Childhood Poverty

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Have you seen this little girl in your community? She is the one who is different. She often comes to school late or not at all, she is quiet and keeps to herself more than the other children. She wears the same clothes several times a week and puts extra food bits in her pocket from the school lunch program. After school she goes to her spot and sits down with her sign. She should be home doing her homework or out playing with friends, but she spends her time trying to make ends meet. Her parents do not have enough money to feed the family.

It’s difficult to believe that in a country with such wealth there are still many people who go to bed hungry each night. What can you really do about this? Your donation will make a difference in someone’s life. Your donation will go directly into funding the Reverse Food Truck project in the Sacramento Valley area. It’s a simple concept: we visit farmer’s markets and restaurants to pick up fresh food each day and deliver it to the various food banks in our community. We encourage people to buy fresh fruits or vegetables at these markets and give them to our project truck driver to feed children and families that very day. It’s a person-to-person donation of caring that nourishes the giver and the receiver. If you would like to help

One Degree Partnership Project Outline

Overview

California Chapter 1 American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is excited to partner with One
Degree, an SF-based tech non-profit, to support a web platform that connects low-income
families with the community resources that are critical to attaining and maintaining physical,
mental and social health.

Together, we hope to bridge the gap between the healthcare and social service sector, as each
endeavors to address the social needs that profoundly impact the health of children, families, and
communities.

Background on One Degree
One Degree is a cloud-based, social service referral tool. It has the capacity and institutional
memory to track client social needs and a secure portal for providers to interact with clients and
manage their needs online. It collects macro-level data and offers an opportunity for personalized
user engagement. This allows providers to map resource utilization and deploy targeted,
individualized interventions. One Degree is free and currently available for use in San Francisco
and Alameda Counties.

Background on the AAP

In 2013, the AAP added “poverty and child health” to the national Agenda for Children, urging
pediatricians to “address poverty within their practices and engage parents in the effort.”
Pursuant to this charge, Chapter 1 endeavors to connect patients to resources and empower
providers to meet social needs.

Mission

To leverage technology to break the cycle of poverty for children and families, thereby
improving community health

Goals and Activities
1. To optimize the design and functionality of One Degree’s website to meet the needs of its users
including parents and community members and healthcare and social service professionals

a. Gather and incorporate input from stakeholders via targeted community outreach;
incentivized community advisor panel; multi-site clinical pilot; and partnerships with
social service agencies

2. To examine the effectiveness of using One Degree in healthcare settings

a. Collect data from the multi-site clinical pilot in a Plan Do Study Act format of quality
improvement and elicit anonymous feedback via the website reviewer function

3. To scale the project to meet the growing need for an integrated social safety net

a. Identify pediatrician and social service champions across the region, with specific interest
in small, independent clinics, urban centers, and rural communities that may especially
benefit from the tool.