New Tools on Paid Family Leave & Health Equity

Time off to care for very young children has many health-related benefits

New Tools on Paid Family Leave & Health Equity

December 4, 2017

ChangeLab Solutions has developed a suite of 3 products (a fact sheet, literature review, and infographic) to provide an overview of the positive health effects of paid family leave (PFL) for families, young children, and new mothers. Time off to care for very young children has many health-related benefits for mothers, children, and families—for example, increases in health benefits associated with breastfeeding, better mother-child interactions, and decreased maternal and marital stress. Paid leave, in contrast to unpaid leave, has been shown to reduce infant mortality and to improve other health outcomes for children.

Many workers must balance pregnancy or caregiving for young children or other family members with work responsibilities. Only a small percentage of workers have access to state-provided or employer-sponsored PFL, making it difficult for people to attain their full health potential. Moreover, low-income employees and workers of color are the least likely to have meaningful access to PFL, a fact that raises serious health equity concerns.

The new publications illustrate the health equity implications of PFL.

  • The fact sheet highlights the key health benefits of paid leave for newborn and young children, for new mothers, and for whole families and also provides an overview of the equity-enhancing components of current state PFL laws.
  • The literature review includes a more in-depth summary of the public health literature emphasizing the health benefits of PFL.
  • The infographic provides a visual summary of the health benefits of PFL discussed in both the fact sheet and the literature review.

Check out all 3!

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