Children with Special Health Care Needs, Supplemental Security Income, and Food Insecurity

This study assesses food insecurity in low-income households with young children with/without special health care needs (SHCN) and evaluates relationships between child Supplemental Security Income (SSI) receipt and food insecurity. Of the 6,724 children included in the study sample, 81.5% screened negative for SHCN, 14.8% positive for SHCN (no SSI), and 3.7% had SHCN and received SSI. After covariate […]

Trends in Household and Child Food Insecurity Among Families with Young Children from 2007 to 2013

The aim of this study is to compare the rates of household food insecurity and child food insecurity among SNAP-participating and SNAP eligible but not participating households with children under age three years during and immediately following the Great Recession.This paper first analyzes food insecurity trends from 2007 to 2013, separately for household food insecurity and child food insecurity and […]

‘‘Do You Wanna Breathe or Eat?’’: Parent Perspectives on Child Health Consequences of Food Insecurity, Trade-Offs, and Toxic Stress

This study among 51 parents of young children under age four investigated how parents that report marginal, low and very low food security characterize how trade-offs associated with food insecurity affect parents’ mental health and child well-being.Parents described how trade-offs associated with food insecurity have a profound relationship with their mental health and home environment that strongly affects young children. Partnerships between healthcare […]

Development of an Index of Subsidized Housing Availability and its Relationship to Housing Insecurity

Housing insecurity is a known threat to child health understanding predictors of housing insecurity can help inform policies to protect the health of young children in low-income households. This study sheds light on the relationship between housing insecurity and availability of housing that is affordable to low-income households. We developed a county-level index of availability of subsidized housing […]

Co-enrollment for Child Health: How Receipt and Loss of Food and Housing Subsidies Relate to Housing Security and Statutes for Streamlined, Multi-Subsidy Application

We hypothesized that children living in households eligible for federal food and/or housing assistance and receiving these benefits have higher odds of being housing secure than children in households that are eligible for but not receiving food and/or housing benefits, after controlling for potential confounding factors. Additionally, children living in households that have lost housing […]

Homelessness During Pregnancy: A Unique, Time-Dependent Risk Factor of Birth Outcomes

This article evaluates homelessness during pregnancy as a unique, time-dependent risk factor for adverse birth outcomes. Prenatal homelessness was associated with higher adjusted odds of low birth weight and preterm delivery, and lower adjusted mean birth weight. Postnatal homelessness was not associated with these outcomes. Prenatal homelessness is an independent risk factor for low birth weight, rather than merely a marker of adverse […]

Food Insecurity among Children in Massachusetts

This article focuses on the prevalence among Massachusetts children and families of food insecurity, inadequate access to enough nutritious food for an active and healthy life.

SNAP Cuts Will Harm Children in the USA

Children’s HealthWatch researchers wrote a commentary providing a pediatric research-based opinion on the negative effect of cuts to the Supplemental Assistance Nutrition Program (SNAP).

Health of Children Classified as Underweight by CDC Reference but Normal by WHO Standard

The objective of this article was to ascertain measures of health status among 6- to 24-month-old children classified as below normal weight-for-age (underweight) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 2000 growth reference but as normal weight-for-age by the World Health Organization (WHO) 2006 standard. The authors found that children who are reclassified from underweight to normal […]

Are Food Insecurity’s Health Impacts Underestimated in the U.S. Population? Marginal Food Insecurity Also Predicts Adverse Health Outcomes in U.S. Children and Mothers.

This review addresses epidemiological, public health, and social policy implications of categorizing young children and their adult female caregivers in the United States as food secure when they live in households with “marginal food security,” as indicated by the U.S. Household Food Security Survey Module. Existing literature shows that households in the US with marginal food security […]