ERIC Number: ED309202
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987-Apr-29
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Role of Federal Food Assistance Programs in Strategies To Reduce Infant Mortality. Hearing before the Domestic Task Force of the Select Committee on Hunger. House of Representatives, One Hundredth Congress, First Session.
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Select Committee on Hunger.
This document presents oral and written testimony concerning the effectiveness of federal assistance programs in reducing infant mortality. In opening statements, members of the House Select Committee on Hunger voiced their concern over the persistence of high infant death rates among minorities, the rural poor, and urban populations, despite national declines. The positive effect of such governmental interventions as the Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) was acknowledged to be limited due to insufficient federal funding. Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children's Defense Fund (CDF), outlined CDF recommendations to ensure access to WIC, Medicaid, and other federal assistance programs for all who qualify for these benefits. Linda A. Randolph, director of the New York State Office of Public Health, described New York initiatives to combat infant mortality and low birth weight, but admitted that many needs remain unmet. J. Michael McGinnis of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported that progress against infant mortality is slowing and that many infant health goals for the 1980s are unlikely to be achieved. Paul H. Wise of Harvard Medical School stated his view that progress in infant survival is entering a phase of increased vulnerability, calling for renewed nutrition programs for women and infants. The text of additional prepared statements and participant questions and answers are also included. (AF)
Descriptors: Federal Aid, Federal Programs, Food, Health Needs, Hearings, High Risk Persons, Hunger, Infant Mortality, Infants, Mothers, Nutrition, Public Health, Rural Population, Urban Problems, Welfare Services
Superintendent of Documents, Congressional Sales Office, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402.
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - Evaluative
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Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Select Committee on Hunger.