For decades, health researchers have documented the links between individual and household income/wealth and clinical health outcomes. The research and literature consistently point to both income inequality (i.e. individual household income/wealth as compared to other households in the same state) and individual household income as predictors of diminished health and morbidity. And yet the current framework for providing financial education, disseminating asset building information, and overall responding to the financial health of individuals and households takes no cues from public health and community health best practices. Further, the documented links between financial stress and compromised physical health are compelling enough to suggest that health care providers, particularly comprehensive care sites such as community health centers, have a valuable perspective to lend to the conversation.
Treacy, Doreen, "Advancing the Fiscal Health of Low-Income Families: A Public and Community Health Approach" (2009). Center for Social Policy Publications. 20.