The 2009 Global Pediatrics Summer Advocacy Series wound down this week with Charles Oberg's presentation "Dickens Revisited: Hunger and Homelessness Today". His update brought to the attention of U of MN pediatricians in attendance at Pediatric Grand Rounds the alarming fact that the number of families in the United States who are homeless has surpassed the number of single-middle aged men, and the predominant group receiving food assistance are these families. In response to this new information, Dr. Oberg said that it is imperative for pediatricians to screen all children for food security issues and refer as indicated to appropriate agencies in their communities.
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