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Children’s HealthWatch testimony at the Massachusetts State House re: Lift the Cap on Kids campaign

On Tuesday, May 16, 2017 Dr. Ana Poblacion, Postdoctoral Fellow at Children’s HealthWatch, testified before the Massachusetts House of Representatives Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities’ hearing on support of two Acts: An Act Relative to the Well Being and Care of a Child and An Act to Lift the Cap on Kids.

Allison Bovell Testimony Before the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Health Care Financing

On May 2, 2017 Allison Bovell, Children’s HealthWatch Research, Policy, and Communications Coordinator, testified before the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Health Care Financing in support of Senate bill 612, “An Act improving public health through a common application for core food, health and safety-net programs”.

Juell Frazier, Witnesses to Hunger – Testimony Before the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Health Care Financing

On May 2nd, 2017 Witnesses to Hunger member, Juell Frazier, testified before the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Health Care Financing in support of Senate bill 612, “An Act improving public health through a common application for core food, health and safety-net programs”.

20 Years of TANF: Innovations Needed to Improve Health

Twenty years ago Congress passed and President Bill Clinton signed into law an act to “end welfare as we know it”. This act replaced Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) with the current program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), thereby converting the program to a block grant and implementing stringent work requirements and […]

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Earning More, Receiving Less: Loss of Benefits and Child Hunger

Children’s HealthWatch published a new policy brief on how employment can lead to a harmful loss of benefit for needy families.

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 […]

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The Safety Net in Action: Protecting the Health and Nutrition of Young American Children

A comprehensive summary of Children’s HealthWatch findings showing the positive impact of five public assistance programs on young children’s food security, growth, and health.

Welfare Reform and the Health of Young Children

A report based on Children’s HealthWatch findings published in the July 2002 Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. Welfare sanctions and benefit decreases have serious negative implications for infants and toddlers’ health and food security.

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The Impact of Welfare Sanctions on the Health of Infants and Toddlers

This report summarizes the association of welfare sanctions with the health and food security of children less than 3 years of age in 6 large U.S. cities. The report is based on findings published in the July 2002 issue of the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, using data collected by the Children’s Sentinel Nutrition Assessment Program (C-SNAP), as well as additional data […]