Children’s HealthWatch 20th Anniversary 1998-2018: Celebrate with Us!

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Since our founding in 1998, Children’s HealthWatch has worked to fulfill its mission to improve the health and development of young children by informing policies that address and alleviate economic hardships. Thus we are excited to invite you to join us at our 20th Anniversary Celebration to look back at what we have been able to accomplish, and to move forward in advancing the critical research necessary to impact policies that not only touch the health and well-being of the most vulnerable members of our society, but all of us:

Saturday, September 29 from 5:00 PM-9:00 PM

Edward M. Kennedy Institute in Boston

Please check out our invite below and our 20th Anniversary infographic. Also, we’re very excited to announce that Boston news legend and now Reverend, Liz Walker, is our emcee! For more info on Rev. Walker’s groundbreaking career, please go to 

Upcoming Events
  • 20th Anniversary Celebration

    Saturday, September 29, 2018, 5:00 pm-9:00 pm.

Past Events
  • May 18 Friendraiser

    Friday, May 18, 2018

  • Children’s HealthWatch Poverty Simulation

    Thursday, April 5, 2018

  • September Friendraiser

    Thursday, September 28, 2017

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Boston Medical Center
Children’s HealthWatch
Joe Eugenio
88 East Newton Street
Vose Hall, 4th floor, Room 421
Boston, MA 02118

Timeline: Achievements/Highlights/Testimonies

Children’s HealthWatch: Over 65,000 caregivers interviewed 43 Peer Reviewed Journal Articles 85 Policy Publications Sites in 5 Cities Across the United States 20 Years


Dr. Deborah Frank and colleagues launched the Children’s Sentinel Nutrition Assessment Program (C-SNAP) in 6 cities


Dr. Deborah A. Frank testifies before the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry on expanding the Food Stamps program.


Paper on food insecurity in infants and toddlers by John Cook, PhD, Boston PI, published in Nutrition in Clinical Care


Dr. Deborah A. Frank testifies before the Subcommittee on Human Resources on Welfare Reform Reauthorization.


Philadelphia site opens with Dr. Mariana Chilton at the helm


“Heat or Eat” paper published


Dr. Deborah A. Frank testifies before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Budget during the Farm Bill Reauthorization Hearing.


“Fuel for Our Future” report published in collaboration with former U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy II & Congressman Michael Capuano


C-SNAP changes its name to Children’s HealthWatch


Launch of Witnesses to Hunger, founded by Dr. Mariana Chilton, in Philadelphia


Dr. Frank named “the woman who saved SNAP” due to her key testimony before the House on the Farm Bill


Boston Witnesses to Hunger is launched


Baltimore Witnesses to Hunger launched, along with Camden, NJ; Hartford, CT & Providence, RI


Publication of 2 item food insecurity screener paper by Erin R. Hager, PhD, in Pediatrics

2010 to present

Hunger Vital Sign™ tool created, leading to innovation & development of implementation of best practices nationally


Housing insecurity paper by Dr. Diana Cutts, Minneapolis PI, published in American Journal of Public Health


Arkansas General Assembly allocates $500K to Housing Trust Fund while advocates build Permanent Source campaign


CHW research helps to preserve “heat or eat” provision in Farm Bill


Dr. Megan Sandel testifies before the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Revenue in support of increasing the Massachusetts Earned Income Tax Credit.


MA EITC increased from 15% to 23% through efforts by CHW led Healthy Families EITC Coalition


Arkansas PI, Eduardo Ochoa, Jr., MD, FAAP, testifies before the Subcommittee on Nutrition, Committee on Agriculture, US House of Representatives


Housing Rx as Health Care project, funded by The Boston Foundation, begins


Allison Bovell-Ammon testifies before the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Revenue on bills that would fund Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Sites and expand access to the state Earned Income Tax Credit.


Healthy Families EITC Coalition successfully advocates for an expansion of EITC eligibility in the state budget enabling Massachusetts to became first state in the nation to ensure survivors of domestic violence are able to access EITC benefits.


Housing instability paper by Dr. Megan Sandel, Boston site PI, published in Pediatrics

Our Work Throughout the Years

20th Anniversary Blogs