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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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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 […]

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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 […]

An Avoidable $2.4 Billion Cost: The Estimated Health-Related Costs of Food Insecurity and Hunger in Massachusetts

Hunger is a health issue. This report communicates direct and indirect health-related expenditures attributable to food insecurity and hunger in the state of Massachusetts in 2016. It also includes special educational costs associated with food insecurity. In this report we use the most up-to-date information available on costs of treating health conditions in Massachusetts, and […]

Executive Summary: An Avoidable $2.4 Billion Cost: The Estimated Health-Related Costs of Food Insecurity and Hunger in Massachusetts

Hunger is a health issue. Research clearly demonstrates that food insecurity negatively impacts the health of children and adults. Food insecurity and hunger are associated with low birth weight, impaired brain development, malnutrition, hospitalizations, mental health issues, diabetes and heart problems.1,2 Using modeling systems, researchers at Children’s HealthWatch simulated healthcare and educational costs of food […]

Ending Hunger in Our Classrooms: Expanding “After the Bell” Breakfast Programs for Massachusetts Students

School breakfast plays a critical role in improving health, closing the achievement gap, and reducing hunger. Research from Children’s HealthWatch and the Eos Foundation ranks 33 high poverty districts in Massachusetts on their school breakfast participation rates. Of the nearly 300,000 children in high poverty districts who were eligible for free and reduced price breakfast […]

The Affordable Housing Ripple Effect: Improving Availability of Subsidized Housing Increases Housing Stability

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Housing as a Health Care Investment: Affordable Housing Supports Children’s Health

Affordable and stable housing plays a critical role in supporting the health and well-being of children. Research from Children’s HealthWatch shows public investment in housing—including housing for homeless families and rental assistance for food-insecure families—improves the health outcomes of vulnerable infants and young children and lowers health care spending. The findings show that homelessness and […]

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Aspen Dialogue: “Advancing Health through Food Security: A Multi-Sector Approach to Address the Disease Burden and Costs of U.S. Food Insecurity on our Health System”

Children’s HealthWatch founder and Principal Investigator, Dr. Deborah Frank, contributed directly to the Aspen Institute final report of the Aspen Dialogue: “Advancing Health through Food Security: A Multi-Sector Approach to Address the Disease Burden and Costs of U.S. Food Insecurity on our Health System.” The report is focused on the group’s framings of the relationship […]

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Estimating the Health-Related Costs of Food Insecurity and Hunger

A new study by Children’s HealthWatch Principal Investigator, Dr. John Cook and Ana Poblacion, commissioned by Bread for the World Institute shows that last year alone, hunger and food insecurity increased health expenditures in the United States by $160 billion. The study is highlighted in the Institute’s new report, The Nourishing Effect: Ending Hunger, Improving […]