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Keeping Children’s Weight on Track: A Pathway to Health and Well-Being

This report card examines children’ weight over time. We looked at almost 3,000 infants and toddlers from low-income families who started life in a healthy state  – born at a healthy birth weight and at term. Most children remained at a healthy weight at both visits (on average 1 year apart). Children with an unhealthy […]

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Affordable Health Care Keeps Children and Families Healthy

Access to affordable health care is important for young children and their parents’ overall health. When health care services are affordable, children are more able to access needed care, including preventive services such as well child visits and immunizations. Optimal child health is best achieved when parents are also in good health. But parents’ health […]

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Balancing Act: Countering High Health Care Costs to Promote Healthy Arkansas Families and Children

The basic needs of all Arkansas families — a stable home; nutritious food; heating, cooling or electricity; and access to affordable health care — are deeply interwoven. In this report we focus on several policy solutions that address the financial cost of health care and its inherently intertwined relationship with the overall household budget. Systematically […]

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From Disparities to Discrimination: Getting at the Roots of Food Insecurity in America

Our new report, “From Disparities to Discrimination: Getting at the Roots of Food Insecurity” highlights emerging research from our Philadelphia site that documents differences in food insecurity in relation to experiences with racial and ethnic discrimination on the street, in healthcare, school and work, with the police, and in other settings. Our analysis shows that […]

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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 […]

Children with Special Health Care Needs and Disabilities: Solutions for Stable Homes

Summary of Findings All children need stable homes to thrive. High costs associated with raising a young child with special health care needs (SHCN) may strain a family’s budget and impact their ability to afford housing expenses. Children’s HealthWatch research demonstrates that compared to children without SHCN, children with SHCN are more likely to live […]

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An Avoidable $2.4 Billion Cost: Food Insecurity and Hunger in Massachusetts

A conservative $2.4 billion per year would be saved in treating medical issues that are linked to food insecurity. Improving food security among Massachusetts residents would reduce healthcare costs for individuals, families, and the Commonwealth. For more information on the cost of food insecurity and hunger in Massachusetts, please visit MAcostofhunger.org.

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Report Card on Food Insecurity and Immigration: Helping Our Youngest First-Generation Americans to Thrive

In this report card, Children’s HealthWatch research highlights the disparities immigrant families with young citizen children experience in their ability to afford enough food and describes the severity of that deprivation. This report card also explores how the length of time mothers have lived in the U.S. is related to their family’s ability to afford […]

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An Overview of Food Insecurity Coding in Health Care Settings: Existing and Emerging Opportunities

Despite the increase in interest and attention to food insecurity in health care settings, available health care terminology and codes to document food insecurity and related activities are both underutilized and under-developed. Promoting and improving opportunities to document assessments and interventions related to food insecurity in electronic health records (EHRs) are critical for: Enabling documentation […]