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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 […]

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The $1.2 Billion Child Health Dividend

Health and special education-related costs of food insecurity for households with young children in the US were estimated to total more than $1.2 billion in 2015 dollars. The persistently high prevalence of food insecurity continues to drain resources from families, communities, and the U.S. economy. Key policy changes in a variety of areas could alleviate hardships and reduce costs, ultimately improving the future prosperity of all people in the US. Social infrastructures, including nutrition assistance programs and working-family tax credits, provide vital resources for reducing food insecurity and saving money.

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. […]

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Housing as a Health Care Investment: Affordable Housing Supports Children’s Health

Affordable and stable housing plays a critical role in supporting the health and well-being of children. Research from Children’s HealthWatch shows public investment in housing—including housing for homeless families and rental assistance for food-insecure families—improves the health outcomes of vulnerable infants and young children and lowers health care spending. The findings show that homelessness and […]

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Cultivating Healthy Communities: Lessons from the Field on Addressing Food Insecurity in Health Care Settings

Health care providers are becoming increasingly aware that the key to improving patients’ health relies on addressing their social needs. Understanding that a large percentage of patient health outcomes are due to factors outside of clinical care, many clinics and hospitals around the country have taken a preventive approach by actively screening for health-related social needs, such […]

Hunger and Health: Connecting Patients to Food Assistance

On June 23, 2015, Children’s HealthWatch founder and Principal Investigator, Dr. Deborah Frank, presented on a webinar about why doctors care about hunger and the Hunger Vital Sign™, an easy two-question screener validated by Children’s HealthWatch.

Social Determinants of Health: Emerging Strategies for an Evolving Healthcare System

Children’s HealthWatch Principal Investigator, Dr. Megan Sandel, presented at Medical Legal Partnership Boston’s annual conference “Social Determinants of Health: Emerging Strategies for an Evolving Healthcare System” on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Dr. Sandel was a participant on a Plenary Panel: Health Equity in Massachusetts: Beyond Biology, Beyond Interpreters, Beyond Insurance.

Food Insecurity & WIC/SNAP Participation on Obesity Risk among Young Children

Presented  “Food insecurity & WIC/SNAP participation do not increase obesity risk among young children” at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) Annual Meeting.

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The Hunger Vital Sign: A New Standard of Care for Preventive Health

Drs. Erin Hager and Anna Quigg and the Children’s HealthWatch team developed the Hunger Vital Sign, a 2-question screening tool based on the US Household Food Security Scale to identify young children in households at risk of food insecurity. The Hunger Vital Sign measures families’ concerns about and access to food, much the way health care providers check other key vital signs, […]

Food Insecurity: How to Ask, What to Do!

Hosted an interactive webinar on food insecurity, clinical screening, and interventions.