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“The effects of poverty on children’s health are so pernicious that some doctors have called for classifying childhood poverty as a disease.”

- Urban Institute

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Special thanks to Alison Collazo, director of the Nurse-Family Partnership program at WiNGS Dallas, nurse Vickie

Ghent and to Mariah and Frank Gaines and their family for sharing their story with the Urban Institute.

At first, caring for Ezekiel was difficult for Mariah. “I used to be in such a depressed stage, where I would literally be in my room for the whole day,” she said. But her son was the one who helped her overcome her depression. “He would lay on my chest and start smiling at me … I literally woke up one day and I was like, ‘I’m deciding to be happy.'"

“You can’t have an impact on health if there are so many other factors in a woman’s life that are causing her to be in chaos: if she doesn’t have secure housing, if she doesn’t have access to healthy food, if she lives paycheck to paycheck or has unreliable transportation,” Alison Collazo, director of the Nurse-Family Partnership program at WiNGS, a Dallas nonprofit.