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In Food Research and Action Center‘s Summer issue of ResearchWire, Stephanie Ettinger de Cuba and Richard Sheward write about a new Children’s HealthWatch study which is the first to provide evidence that household food insecurity is associated…
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Homeless Babies Face Lasting Health Risks

Originally published by HealthDay News. MONDAY, Aug. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Homelessness in infancy poses long-term harms, including greater risk for poor health and development later in childhood, a new study finds. "We too often…
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Building stronger, healthier communities for all through fair housing and equal opportunities

Originally published by The St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  It’s almost a cliché to say that real estate is all about location, location, location, but as every Realtor® knows, it is absolutely true. Where a house, business or empty lot is…
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Homelessness in infancy linked to poor health outcomes for children and mothers

BOSTON - A new study led by researchers from Children's HealthWatch, a research and policy network headquartered at Boston Medical Center (BMC), shows infants under 12 months old who experience homelessness are at-risk of poor health and…
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Homelessness During Infancy: Associations With Infant and Maternal Health and Hardship Outcomes

Abstract • Objective: Homelessness among children is correlated with developmental delays, fair or poor health, and high healthcare utilization (AAP, 2013). Associations of homelessness specifically among infants younger than 12 months, however,…
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Why Boston Medical Center Is Investing In Housing

Chuck Gyukeri is a Navy vet who was homeless back in 2009, and has been living in subsidized apartments ever since. Now supported by disability benefits and Section 8 vouchers, he lives in a small, street-level apartment on the back corner of…
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Better than this: U.S. border policy inhumane

About four years ago my friend Allen, an internal medicine doctor in New York who runs the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture, called me because he needed a pediatrician to go with him and a small group of advocates to visit Artesia,…
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SNAP: Building a Healthy Foundation Today and Tomorrow

In this report, "SNAP: Building a Healthy Foundation Today and Tomorrow," we highlight SNAP's impact on health throughout the lifespan, the staggering avoidable health- and education-related costs of food insecurity across the nation, recent…
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Children's HealthWatch Statement on Family Separation

Children’s HealthWatch is a nonpartisan network of pediatricians, public health researchers, and children’s health and policy experts. We adamantly oppose the cruel and inhumane process of separating children from their parents at the border…

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Children’s HealthWatch research and policy analysis specifically focuses on the child health and developmental impacts of economic hardships with a particular focus on food insecurity, unstable housing, health care hardships and inability to afford adequate household energy.

  • Consistent access to food for all family members is crucial for ensuring children are healthy. Food and nutrition assistance programs are an essential cornerstone in supporting the health and well-being of low-income families. To read our SNAP/Farm Bill 2018 Legislative Priorities, click here.

  • Stable housing supports healthy growth and development among young children, and means families are not behind on rent, moving frequently, doubled up, overcrowded, or homeless. Policies that create affordable housing options that provide access to safe, stable housing help ensure young children and their families can thrive and be successful in life.

  • Maintaining consistent utility services so homes are heated in the winter and cooled in the summer is critical for children’s health and safety. Energy supports protect families from the harmful health effects of having their utilities shut off.

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    When families are forced to choose between paying for health care, such as medical care and prescriptions, and other basic needs such as food, rent, child care, or utility bills, that decision can have an effect on the health and wellbeing of young children. Providing supports necessary to care for children, especially those with special health care needs, is crucial for improving child health.

  • Alleviating economic hardships for families with young children will require comprehensive policy solutions including improvements to nutrition assistance programs, increasing access to affordable housing, providing energy assistance, making work pay through reducing cliff effects and increasing  and expanding access to the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit, providing affordable child care to all children, and supporting the health and development of all children.

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