Entries by CHW Staff

Children’s HealthWatch Statement RE: Proposed Information Collection on 2020 Census, Docket No. USBC-2018-0005

As a nonpartisan network of pediatricians, public health researchers, and children’s health and policy experts, we believe the 2020 Census proposed information collection is a critically important issue. We oppose the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census in the strongest possible terms, and have respectfully submitted the following comments on the 2020 […]

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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 development compared to their peers in housed families. These results demonstrate the importance of addressing homelessness among new […]

State EITC Expansions Will Help Millions of Workers and Their Families

Originally posted on Center for Budget and Policy Priorities’s Off the Charts: Policy Insight Beyond the Numbers blog. Seven states boosted — or will soon boost — their Earned Income Tax Credits (EITCs) this year to help low-wage working families meet basic needs. These state EITC expansions will supplement the federal EITC’s well-documented long-term positive effects on […]

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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, are unknown. This study evaluates homelessness during infancy as a risk for adverse infant and maternal health and hardship. • Methods: From May […]

Health Systems Take on Role as Anchor Institutions, Enhance Community Development

As healthcare professionals continue to recognize the impact of social determinants on a person’s health, health systems have welcomed their role as anchor institutions, working to improve the physical, social, and economic environments in their regions. Anchor institutions are enterprises, such as universities and hospitals, that are rooted in their local communities by mission, invested […]

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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 […]