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Health can impact a family’s economic stability, a child’s success in school and a family’s overall well-being.  

CSSP’s health policy work is focused on ensuring that all families have access to health care - including preventative care - that children’s social, emotional and behavioral health needs are being met and that parents are healthy and able to provide their children with needed love and support. Developmental science supporting the importance of both early healthy development and youth development is a key component, as is meeting the needs of communities of color. Health indicators such as life expectancy and infant mortality have improved for most Americans; however, people of color still experience disparities in health outcomes for preventable diseases, mortality, cancer and disability. Additionally, racial and ethnic minority families face particular challenges associated with an increased likelihood of receiving lower quality health care, regardless of insurance status or income. CSSP believes in policy that helps advance health in the context of place (in homes, neighborhoods, schools and work environments) because where families live strongly impacts their health and well-being. 

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