Entries by CHW Staff

Food As Medicine: Rethinking Hunger Relief As Health Care

While it may seem obvious that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is good for people’s health, it’s only recently that food banks and other hunger relief groups, as well as a growing number of startups, are explicitly thinking of themselves as part of the health care system. At the same time, health care […]

It’s time to expand the earned income tax credit

THANK YOU for highlighting the free tax preparation services for low-wage taxpayers provided at the Boston Medical Center (“Physical and fiscal fitness,” Metro, March 13). Cristela Guerra’s report insightfully notes the connection between health and financial stability. As she notes, not everyone is aware of the earned income tax credit, the largest federal anti-poverty program […]

Commentary: Trump’s budget is bad for America’s poor

BUDGETS are documents that show the priorities of administrations. Last week, Donald’s Trump’s White House rolled out its first budget that shows it puts walls, weapons and war ahead of America’s poor. This budget plunders money for food from seniors, heat from families and educational programming from America’s kids. It bars America’s most vulnerable from […]

Here’s the prescription that Ben Carson needs to write for HUD

As a physician, Dr. Ben Carson knew the right prescriptions to give to his neurosurgery patients. But as the newly confirmed secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, will he be able to provide the right prescription for HUD? The wrong one is cutting HUD’s budget by a staggering $6 billion (down 13.2 […]

Dr. Deborah Frank featured on Add Passion and Stir Podcast

Children’s HealthWatch founder and Principal Investigator, Dr. Deborah Frank, explained the developmental, medical and behavioral dangers of malnutrition and our work at the Boston Medical Center Grow Clinic on the Add Passion and Stir Podcast with Boston chef Ming Tsai (Blue Ginger, Blue Dragon) and Share Our Strength founder Billy Shore. Check it out! https://www.facebook.com/AddPassionStir

Statement on recent harmful policy developments

Consistent with our longstanding values and mission, Children’s HealthWatch remains committed to improving the health and well-being of young children and their families in the United States regardless of immigration status, country of origin, or religion. This statement reflects our deep concerns about the Executive Orders regarding immigration to the US and immigrants’ status in […]

Toolkit helps pediatricians address food insecurity in families

The AAP and the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) jointly released a new toolkit, “Addressing Food Insecurity: A Toolkit for Pediatricians,” a comprehensive resource on how to identify and address childhood food insecurity. This kit provides specific information on how to: screen patients for food insecurity, address the topic in a sensitive manner, make […]

Hospitals target nutrition, other social needs to boost health

Tom Shicowich “really, really, really liked Coca-Cola” before he began a new nutrition program targeting his Type 2 diabetes and weight. Being on a “very tight budget,” he couldn’t afford the fruit and vegetables he cut up for a living at his part-time grocery store job. Dinner was often a pizza or fast food meal he picked up on […]

Heard on Beacon Hill

“It is my desire to do something. It is doubtful we could restore everything in full, but at the very least I’d like to see us at least make partial restoration.” – House Speaker Robert DeLeo (D-Winthrop) on the question of whether the Legislature will move to restore some $98 million in budget cuts made […]