Children’s Healthwatch: The Data System for the Next 20 years

When Children’s HealthWatch started 20 years ago in 1998, we had a passionate mission: to measure the impact of the “new” policies, namely welfare reform, and their impact on the health and development of young children and their families. So, equipped with paper surveys we created, we began talking with families of young children across […]

Children’s Healthwatch Letter on Lift the Cap on Kids Massachusetts

Dear Senate President Spilka and Speaker Deleo, Children’s HealthWatch commends the state Legislature for its efforts to repeal the Temporary Assistance for Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC) family cap. Children’s Healthwatch’s network of pediatricians, public health researchers, and child health policy experts seeks to improve the health and well-being of young children by informing policies […]

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In Food Research and Action Center‘s Summer issue of ResearchWire, Stephanie Ettinger de Cuba and Richard Sheward write about a new Children’s HealthWatch study which is the first to provide evidence that household food insecurity is associated with increased costs for infant hospitalizations and with increased number and longer duration of hospital stays. This study will […]

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Homeless Babies Face Lasting Health Risks

Originally published by HealthDay News. MONDAY, Aug. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Homelessness in infancy poses long-term harms, including greater risk for poor health and development later in childhood, a new study finds. “We too often refer to ‘resiliency’ when we talk about children exposed to hardship as infants. We should not mislead ourselves about […]

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Building stronger, healthier communities for all through fair housing and equal opportunities

Originally published by The St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  It’s almost a cliché to say that real estate is all about location, location, location, but as every Realtor® knows, it is absolutely true. Where a house, business or empty lot is situated can make all the difference in whether or not the business or house sells quickly […]

Children’s HealthWatch Statement RE: Proposed Information Collection on 2020 Census, Docket No. USBC-2018-0005

As a nonpartisan network of pediatricians, public health researchers, and children’s health and policy experts, we believe the 2020 Census proposed information collection is a critically important issue. We oppose the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census in the strongest possible terms, and have respectfully submitted the following comments on the 2020 […]

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Homelessness in infancy linked to poor health outcomes for children and mothers

BOSTON – A new study led by researchers from Children’s HealthWatch, a research and policy network headquartered at Boston Medical Center (BMC), shows infants under 12 months old who experience homelessness are at-risk of poor health and development compared to their peers in housed families. These results demonstrate the importance of addressing homelessness among new […]

State EITC Expansions Will Help Millions of Workers and Their Families

Originally posted on Center for Budget and Policy Priorities’s Off the Charts: Policy Insight Beyond the Numbers blog. Seven states boosted — or will soon boost — their Earned Income Tax Credits (EITCs) this year to help low-wage working families meet basic needs. These state EITC expansions will supplement the federal EITC’s well-documented long-term positive effects on […]

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Homelessness During Infancy: Associations With Infant and Maternal Health and Hardship Outcomes

Abstract • Objective: Homelessness among children is correlated with developmental delays, fair or poor health, and high healthcare utilization (AAP, 2013). Associations of homelessness specifically among infants younger than 12 months, however, are unknown. This study evaluates homelessness during infancy as a risk for adverse infant and maternal health and hardship. • Methods: From May […]

Health Systems Take on Role as Anchor Institutions, Enhance Community Development

As healthcare professionals continue to recognize the impact of social determinants on a person’s health, health systems have welcomed their role as anchor institutions, working to improve the physical, social, and economic environments in their regions. Anchor institutions are enterprises, such as universities and hospitals, that are rooted in their local communities by mission, invested […]