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How Deputy Director of Innovative Partnerships, Rich Sheward, uses his MPP tools every day

In the video below, Heller School alum Rich Sheward explains how he uses his MPP tools every day at Children’s HealthWatch at Boston Medical Center.

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Strengthening the Massachusetts Earned Income Tax Credit for Immigrant Working Families

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) improves the health and well-being of children and lifts families out of poverty across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Currently, however, not all families in Massachusetts are eligible to claim the state EITC, despite living and working in the Commonwealth. These families include immigrants who file taxes using an Individual […]

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Trends in Food Insecurity and SNAP Participation among Immigrant Families of U.S.-Born Young Children

Abstract: Immigrant families are known to be at higher risk of food insecurity compared to non-immigrant families. Documented immigrants in the U.S. <5 years are ineligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Immigration enforcement, anti-immigrant rhetoric, and policies negatively targeting immigrants have increased in recent years. Anecdotal reports suggest immigrant families forgo assistance, even […]

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Children’s HealthWatch’s Public Comment on USDA’s proposed rule “Requirement for Able-Bodied Adults without Dependents”

On March 29th, 2019, Children’s HealthWatch submitted public comment on the USDA’s proposed rule “Requirements for Able-Bodied Adults without Dependents.”

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Promoting Caregiver and Child Health Through Housing and Stability Screening in Clinical Settings

Within the health care sector, researchers, clinicians, and payers increasingly recognize the importance of the social determinants of health for improving maternal and child health. The article focuses on existing and emerging approaches to screening families for unstable housing circumstances. The authors describe how housing stability screening helps health care providers to better understand risks […]

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Welfare Cap On Kids Needs To Go

Originally posted by The Boston Globe as a Letter to the Editor.  Kudos for taking a stand in your editorial “Cap on kids a failed welfare experience” (March 7). Massachusetts — it is embarrassing to say — is only one in 17 states that still has a similar welfare policy discriminating against children’s rights. This […]

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As affordable housing crisis worsens, Trump proposes more cuts

Originally posted on Curbed.  The cost of fixing the nation’s widening affordable housing shortage measures in the billions of dollars. But if the healthcare costs that come with this lack of housing security are factored in, replenishing and expanding our low-income housing stock becomes an even better investment. During a press call about The Gap—the National […]

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Trump’s housing budget leaves poorest out in the cold, advocates say

Originally published on Reuters.  WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A decade after the housing bubble burst in the United States, affordable homes are available to as little as 20 percent of the poorest families that need them in some states, according to a report published by housing advocates on Thursday. That national shortfall, despite showing […]

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Dr. Eduardo Ochoa’s testimony before the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Human Services

On March 12, 2019, Dr. Ochoa testified before the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Human Services for their “Growing a Healthy Next Generation: Examining Federal Child Nutrition Programs” hearing. Click this link for more information on the hearing and to watch Dr. Ochoa’s testimony.