Entries by CHW Staff

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The Poor People’s Campaign Calls Out ‘Policy Violence’

Originally posted on The Nation. Shortly after her husband was assassinated in 1968, Coretta Scott King spoke at a rally in front of tens of thousands of people, including members of the original Poor People’s Campaign. She reflected on society’s “routine” violence against people in poverty and minorities. “Starving a child is violence,” she said, and continued: […]

The Hidden Health Crisis of Eviction

Originally posted at BU.edu/SPH. Housing is a prescription for good health. Yet, as housing prices rise while wages remain stagnant, we know that millions of families and individuals are unable to afford a stable home. Across the country, public health initiatives to address homelessness through affordable housing combined with supportive services are being implemented. These […]

Lowell Hospital Plans to Shutter Clinic for Malnourished Children

Originally posted on The Boston Globe. Lowell General Hospital is planning to close a 22-year-old clinic that treats hundreds of underweight and malnourished children in one of the state’s poorest cities, saying it is losing money on the program. The clinic, scheduled to shut down at the end of September, served nearly 450 children in […]

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Battle Over TANF Family Cap Intensifies

Originally posted on SpotlightOnPoverty.org One day in the spring of 2017, thousands of diapers filled the Massachusetts state house during the legislative session. Then that fall, hundreds of child-size winter hats and mittens made their way to the capital. The diapers and winter clothes would eventually be donated to nonprofit groups for children, but their ultimate […]

Children’s HealthWatch’s Statement Opposing Changes to Public Charge

As pediatricians, public health researchers, and child health and policy experts, we strongly oppose the regulatory proposal “Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds” released by the Department of Homeland Security this weekend. This proposal will endanger the health and well-being of families of immigrants and their children.[1] Children’s HealthWatch is committed to improving the health and […]

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Celebrating 20 Years with Friends, Supporters, and Champions

You may have heard our news this year: We’re turning 20! For the past two decades, we’ve provided policy-relevant research from the frontlines of pediatric care to improve the health of young children and their families by addressing and alleviating economic hardships. But we haven’t done this work alone. Every step of the way, our […]

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Children’s HealthWatch’s Statement Opposing Changes to Public Charge

As pediatricians, public health researchers, and child health and policy experts, we strongly oppose the regulatory proposal “Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds” released by the Department of Homeland Security this weekend. This proposal will endanger the health and well-being of families of immigrants and their children.[1] Children’s HealthWatch is committed to improving the health and […]

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As I See It: Mothers raising voices against proposed cuts to federal nutrition benefits

Originally posted on Telegram.com Congress will reconvene from summer break tomorrow in Washington, D.C., and will take up deliberations on the 2018 Farm Bill, including potential cuts to nutritional assistance. Nearly 40 million Americans rely on the federal government’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to help feed their families, the majority receiving partial SNAP benefits […]

Homelessness affects children’s health, even before they are born

Originally posted on Healio.com Children who experienced prenatal and postnatal homelessness were at high risk for poor health outcomes, according to study results published in Pediatrics. Homelessness lasting longer than 6 months was also a negative determinant of health. “We found that homelessness negatively impacted a child’s health even before birth, and children under the age […]

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Child and Family Health Research and Policy in Coming Decades; Children’s HealthWatch’s Second Twenty Years

Children’s HealthWatch was born out of concerns that policies like the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reauthorization Act (PRWORA) of 1996, the so-called “welfare reform” law, instead of improving public health or the standard of living, could cause great harm to the health and well-being of young children and their families. The pediatricians, child development […]