Securing the safety net: Concurrent participation in income eligible assistance programs

Danielle Gilbert, Joy Nanda, David M. Paige

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Participation in women, infants and children (WIC), supplemental nutritional assistance program (SNAP), temporary assistance for needy families (TANF), and medical assistance program (MAP) programs provide critical nutrition and health benefits to low-income families. Concurrent enrollment in these programs provides a powerful safety net, yet simultaneous participation is reported to be low. Underutilization undermines program objectives, client well-being and food security. This paper examines concurrent participation among the most needy WIC clients, those at/below 100 % of the federal poverty level (FPL), in SNAP, TANF and MAP. We examined the Maryland state WIC program infant electronic database (N = 34,409) for the 12-month period ending September 2010. Our analysis focused on two-thirds of these infants (N = 23,065) who were at/below the 100 % FPL. Mothers' mean age was 26.8 ± 6 years; 20.6 % White; 52.7 % African American, and 23.4 % Hispanic. Approximately 10 % of infants weighed

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)604-612
Number of pages9
JournalMaternal and Child Health Journal
Volume18
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014

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Keywords

  • Access and services
  • Child health promotion
  • Poverty
  • WIC

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Medicine(all)

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Securing the safety net : Concurrent participation in income eligible assistance programs. / Gilbert, Danielle; Nanda, Joy; Paige, David M.

In: Maternal and Child Health Journal, Vol. 18, No. 3, 2014, p. 604-612.

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