Lower SNAP Participation by Immigrant Mothers With Young Children

MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Allison Bovell-Ammon, M.Div. Deputy Director of Policy Strategy Children’s HealthWatch     MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study?   Response: Children’s HealthWatch was founded in 1998 by pediatric providers treating children with failure to thrive in six US cities across the country. They began their research on the health impacts of economic […]


Study: Following 10-year gains, SNAP participation among immigrant families dropped in 2018

Newswise — San Diego, Nov. 12, 2018 – New research presented today at the American Public Health Association’s 2018 Annual Meeting and Expo revealed that Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participation declined in the first half of 2018 among immigrant families, following 10 years of increasing participation from 2007 through 2017. Preliminary 2018 data showed a […]


When low-income families can meet their basic needs, children are healthier

Boston, MA – A series of reports from five cities across the US found that young children and their parents are healthier when they are able to afford basic needs. New research published by Children’s HealthWatch, headquartered at Boston Medical Center, highlights the need for policymakers to improve access to and effectiveness of programs that […]


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: […]

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Homelessness Takes Toll on Kids’ Health Even Before They’re Born

Originally published on HealthDay MONDAY, Sept. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Homelessness threatens young children’s health, even if it occurs while they’re still in the womb, a new study shows. “These findings back up what we already knew about how the stress of homelessness affects children’s heath, but this helps us determine which children are […]