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Putting a price tag on childhood hunger

It’s hard to put a price tag on hunger, but a new report does just that: $2.4 billion. In 2016, that was the cost in Massachusetts alone for additional healthcare, special education, and lost work time related to food insecurity. This validates what I see regularly as a pediatrician. I’m a street doctor in Austin […]

Unstable Housing and Caregiver and Child Health in Renter Families

OBJECTIVES: To evaluate how 3 forms of housing instability relate to caregiver and child health among low-income renter households. METHODS: Caregivers of children 0 to 48 months of age were interviewed in 5 urban medical centers from May 2009 to December 2015. Caregivers reported on the following: caregiver health, maternal depressive symptoms, child’s health, lifetime […]

It’s time for Congress to act on CHIP, DACA

January 12, 2018 Honorable Members of the United States House of Representatives and United States Senate, As a nonpartisan network of pediatricians, public health researchers, and children’s health and policy experts, we know that public policies, even when well intentioned, can put young children’s health at risk. We write today urging you to ensure that […]

Intersection of Health and Housing Webinar

On October 4th, 2016, Children’s HealthWatch and Crescendo Consulting co-presented a webinar on the “Intersection of Health and Housing.”. Healthcare providers, researchers, policy advocates and community organizers are finding themselves at the intersections of housing and health. As new research and innovative approaches that seek to better understand and address the convergent housing and health needs of […]

Food is Medicine: Promoting Food Security in Health Care and Community Settings

Children’s HealthWatch Senior Policy Analyst – State Policy, Richard Sheward, presented an in-depth look at how The Hunger Vital Sign (a two-question food insecurity screening tool) enables community-based hunger relief organizations and health care organizations to partner and collaborate to increase their impact and address the root causes of hunger and poverty in innovative ways. […]

Housing as a Health Care Investment for Children

On April 25th, 2016, Children’s HealthWatch Principal Investigator, Dr. Megan Sandel discussed findings from recent research conducted by Children’s HealthWatch which shows that access to affordable housing is associated with lower risk of hospitalization among infants from vulnerable, low-income families. Click here to watch the webinar.

The Impact of Hunger on Youth

Children’s HealthWatch founder and Principal Investigator, Dr. Deborah Frank presented “The Impact of Hunger on Youth ” at Rhode Island In Action: Feeding Children Where They Live, Learn, and Play, in Providence, Rhode Island on April 30,2015.

Researchers Discuss Links between Affordable Housing and Family Well-being

Presented at the NLIHC 2015 Housing Legislative Forum on housing stability and child health.