Entries by CHW Staff

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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 a handsome brownstone near Fields Corner, in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood. The inside 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, N.M. I asked, “Why Artesia?” He told me there was a military […]

Children’s HealthWatch Farm Bill Letter to the U.S. Senate

Dear Members of the Senate, As pediatricians and public health researchers with the non-partisan organization Children’s HealthWatch, we write to express our position on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in the Nutrition title of the Farm Bill based on our research and expertise. SNAP is our nation’s first line of defense against hunger and […]

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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 research linking SNAP participation and reduced health care expenditures, state and national level data documenting better educational outcomes associated with SNAP, and […]

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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 currently being employed by US Government agencies. We urge in the strongest terms possible that the separations be discontinued immediately, and […]

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The Power of One

“I am only one, but I am one. I can’t do everything, but I can do something. The something I ought to do, I can do.”  -Edward Everett Hale This sentiment by author Edward Everett Hale has guided many of my steps in life, particularly around volunteerism and non-profit work:  In 1985, I began a […]

Hunger in Philly: ‘It’s a pain in my belly’

Sister Margaret McKenna’s brown crucifix dangles and dances from her neck as she tills the vegetable garden she’s carved out of the poorest neighborhood in the poorest big city in America. As she works, fat bees float low over the fertile North Philadelphia dirt. Sister Margaret smiles. “I’m so proud we have bumble bees,” says the […]

Children’s HealthWatch Letter to Congress on the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

On May 29th, 2018, Children’s HealthWatch submitted a letter to Congress urging the legislative body to protect funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The letter was submitted in response to the planned rescission of funding approved by Congress and its harmful effects on the health and well-being of children across the county.

Panel analyzes ways to increase opportunities through wages and social programs

A report outlining the effects of social programs and removing barriers for low-income individuals and families was discussed at a recent panel discussion hosted by Action for Boston Community Development in Dorchester. The “Obstacles on the Road to Opportunity” report, sponsored by the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center and Massachusetts Association for Community Action, concluded that wage […]