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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 […]

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 […]

Bring us your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free: Caring for children of immigrants

Recently, Alex, a 10 year-old boy in my pediatric practice, was in the office complaining of a stomachache. I asked the usual questions: When did it start? Did it happen at certain times or in response to particular foods? Were there any other gastrointestinal changes? What made it better or worse? Many questions later, I […]

Statement on recent harmful policy developments

Consistent with our longstanding values and mission, Children’s HealthWatch remains committed to improving the health and well-being of young children and their families in the United States regardless of immigration status, country of origin, or religion. This statement reflects our deep concerns about the Executive Orders regarding immigration to the US and immigrants’ status in […]

Children of Foreign-Born Mothers, Oral Health and Food Insecurity

Presented a poster on oral health at the American Public Health Association’s Annual Meeting and Exposition in Boston, MA.

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Children of Immigrants: Healthy Beginnings Derailed by Food Insecurity

Children’s HealthWatch published a new policy brief on the impact of food insecurity on the children of immigrants.

Food Insecurity and Risk of Poor Health Among US-Born Children of Immigrants

This article investigated the risk of household food insecurity and reported fair or poor health among very young children who were US citizens and whose mothers were immigrants compared with those whose mothers had been born in the United States.  In a sample of 19,275 mothers (7,216 whom were immigrants) the risk of fair or poor […]

Breastfeeding and Health Outcomes among Citizen Infants of Immigrant Mothers

This article investigates the associations between breastfeeding and child health outcomes among citizen infants of immigrant mothers. In a sample of 3,592 immigrant mothers with infants aged 0-12 months, breastfed infants were less likely to be reported in fair/poor health and less likely to have history of hospitalizations compared to non-breastfed infants of immigrant mothers. […]

Food insecurity among the youngest US citizens born to immigrants of the Americas: Implications for policy and human rights

Presentation at the Annual Conference of American Public Health Association

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Balancing Acts: Energy Insecurity among Low-Income Babies and Toddlers of Color Increases Food Insecurity and Harmful Health Effects

Energy insecurity compounds the negative effects of food insecurity on child health. “Heat or eat” and “cool or eat” situations further compromise the nutrition of already-vulnerable young children, and increase their risk of health problems in both the short- and long-term. Children of color are at increased risk of experiencing the damaging effects of energy […]