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Building on Strength: Keeping Young Children Connected to WIC

This brief examines the health impacts of dropping out of WIC and reasons families report becoming disconnected from the program in Minnesota

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Doctor’s Orders: Promoting Healthy Child Development by Increasing Food Security in Arkansas

Parents should be able to afford to meet basic needs, including rent, utilities, medical bills, and prescriptions, and still have enough each month to pay for adequate food for all family members. Unfortunately, this is not a reality for many families in Arkansas, especially those with young children. Even those with higher levels of education […]

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Making SNAP Work for Families Leaving Poverty

Marking the third installment in the five-city Children’s HealthWatch Policy Action Brief Series, Hunger: A New Vital Sign, Children’s HealthWatch published a new Policy Action Brief – “Making SNAP Work for Families Leaving Poverty.” The Philadelphia brief sheds light on how families in Philadelphia experiencing the SNAP cliff effect (when even a modest increase in earnings results in a […]

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Steadying the Foundation: Maternal Job Stability, Safety Net Programs & Young Children’s Health

The Great Recession caused many American families to lose their jobs or have their work hours reduced. Low-income working mothers were hit particularly hard. This brief examines how maternal job loss and/or reduced work hours (job instability) increase risk of poor health for young children and their mothers. It documents how two of the largest federal safety net […]

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The Hunger Vital Sign: A New Standard of Care for Preventive Health

Drs. Erin Hager and Anna Quigg and the Children’s HealthWatch team developed the Hunger Vital Sign, a 2-question screening tool based on the US Household Food Security Scale to identify young children in households at risk of food insecurity. The Hunger Vital Sign measures families’ concerns about and access to food, much the way health care providers check other key vital signs, […]

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RX for Healthy Child Development: Nutritious, Affordable Food Promotes Health and Economic Stability for Boston Families

Marking the second installment in the five-city Children’s HealthWatch Policy Action Brief Series – Hunger: A New Vital Sign, Children’s HealthWatch published a new Policy Action Brief – RX for Healthy Child Development: Nutritious, Affordable Food Promotes Health and Economic Stability for Boston Families. The Boston brief, sheds light on the role that nutritious, affordable food plays in promoting health […]

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Food Security Protects Minnesota Children’s Health

Marking the first in a series of five briefs on food insecurity in U.S. cities, Children’s HealthWatch published a new Policy Action Brief: Food Security Protects Minnesota Children’s Health. This brief presents new Children’s HealthWatch data, which shows young children in in food-insecure Minnesota families are at greater risk of poor health, have mothers who are more likely to […]

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Baltimore Mothers’ Stable Employment Promotes Child and Family Health

This Policy Brief presents new Children’s HealthWatch data on how Baltimore mothers’ difficulty in maintaining stable employment is linked to health problems in children’s crucial first years of life. The Great Recession resulted in job loss and reduced work hours for many Americans; many jobs are yet to be replaced. In 2012, Marylanders experienced a […]

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Safe, Stable Homes Mean Healthier Children and Families for Massachusetts

CHW published a new policy brief on the impact of housing instability on Boston’s children.

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Feeding Our Human Capital: Food Insecurity and Tomorrow’s Workforce

Two new research briefs by Children’s HealthWatch show that access to an adequate, healthy diet (also known as food security) during early childhood is essential for developing the skills that children need in school and, later, in the workforce. The first brief, Too Hungry to Learn, illustrates the strong connections between food security in early […]