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New evidence sheds light on the impact of civil unrest on mothers’ daily routines and emotional well-being

On April 12, 2015, in Baltimore, Maryland, police officers arrested Freddie Gray, a 25 year-old African American man, who subsequently sustained neck and spinal injuries while in a police vehicle. His death led to protests across the city and erupted in civil unrest: fires, property destruction, and violence. A state of emergency was declared from […]

Civil Unrest in the Context of Chronic Community Violence: Impact on Maternal Depressive Symptoms

Objectives: To examine changes in maternal–child health surrounding the April 2015 civil unrest in Baltimore, Maryland, following Freddie Gray’s death while in police custody. Methods: We conducted cross-sectional Children’s HealthWatch surveys January 2014 through December 2015 in pediatric emergency departments and primary care clinics on maternal–child health and June 2015 through October 2015 on daily […]

Listening to stories, documenting the need for change: Interviewing mothers in the Emergency Department

As Research Assistants for Children’s HealthWatch, our job is to conduct interviews in the Pediatric Emergency Department (ED) at Boston Medical Center with parents, predominantly mothers, of very young children. The interview is voluntary and most parents choose to participate. You might think that mothers would be hesitant to tell us about their living situation, […]

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RX for Healthy Child Development: Nutritious, Affordable Food Promotes Health and Economic Stability for Boston Families

Marking the second installment in the five-city Children’s HealthWatch Policy Action Brief Series – Hunger: A New Vital Sign, Children’s HealthWatch published a new Policy Action Brief – RX for Healthy Child Development: Nutritious, Affordable Food Promotes Health and Economic Stability for Boston Families. The Boston brief, sheds light on the role that nutritious, affordable food plays in promoting health […]

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Food Security Protects Minnesota Children’s Health

Marking the first in a series of five briefs on food insecurity in U.S. cities, Children’s HealthWatch published a new Policy Action Brief: Food Security Protects Minnesota Children’s Health. This brief presents new Children’s HealthWatch data, which shows young children in in food-insecure Minnesota families are at greater risk of poor health, have mothers who are more likely to […]

WIC Participation and Attenuation of Stress-Related Child Health Risks of Household Food Insecurity and Caregiver Depressive Symptoms

This article examined how family stressors relate to child health and how participation in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), attenuated health risks. In a sample of 26,950 WIC eligible caregivers with young children, the authors found that as stressors increased the odds of child fair/poor health, hospitalizations and developmental […]

Maternal Depression, Changing Public Assistance, Food Security and Child Health Status

This article investigates the association of a positive report on a maternal depression screen (PDS) with loss or reduction of welfare support and food stamps, household insecurity, and child health measures among children aged ≤36 months.  In a sample of 5,306 mothers, those with PDS were more likely to report fair/poor child health, hospitalizations during the […]