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Diana Cutts, MD, Appointed Chair of Pediatrics

Originally published on Hennepin Healthcare News. Diana Cutts, MD, has been appointed Chair of Pediatrics at Hennepin Healthcare. Dr. Cutts served as Interim Chair since 2018 and was selected as permanent chair following a national and…
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Children’s Healthwatch’s Testimony In Support Of S.2453: “An Act Relative To Establishing A Food And Health Pilot Program”

On January 22nd, Children’s HealthWatch, based at Boston Medical Center, submitted a testimony to Chairwoman Comerford, Chairman Mahoney, and  members of the Joint Committee on Public Health in support of S.2453: “An Act relative to establishing…
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Forum: Affordable Housing Bill Meets Critical Need

Originally published on Portland Press Herald. LD 1645, “An Act To Create Affordable Workforce and Senior Housing and Preserve Affordable Rural Housing,” is a bipartisan bill carried over from last year and is being considered by the…
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Children’s Healthwatch’s Testimony In Support Of H.1264: “An Act Relative To Further Provide A Rental Arrearage Program”

On January 14th, Children’s HealthWatch, based at Boston Medical Center, submitted a testimony to Chairman Crighton, Chairman Honan, and members of the Joint Committee on Housing to submit testimony in support of H.1264: “An Act relative…
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Campaign Hosts Panels At National Press Club

Originally published on Opportunity Starts at Home. Washington, DC – Yesterday, the Opportunity Starts at Home campaign hosted a panel discussion at the National Press Club with senior leaders from the National League of Cities, Catholic…
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Medicaid Doesn’t Pay For Housing. Here’s What It Can Do To Help Meet Enrollees’ Social Needs

Originally published on Health Affairs Blog. Access to safe, affordable housing supports people’s physical and mental health, research shows. This connection has led some health care stakeholders to conclude that Medicaid programs or…
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The Hidden Health Costs of Eviction

Originally published on PBS News Hour. Millions of Americans are forced from their homes every year. Evictions are usually considered in economic terms -- an outcome of housing supply and income levels -- but what about their physical and…
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A Doctor Retires, but Continues the Fight

Originally published on The Boston Globe. The beautiful baby girl fidgets in her mother’s lap as the kindly doctor with a stethoscope around her neck approaches her tiny patient with the affection of a doting grandmother who’s just…
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Children’s HealthWatch’s Public Comment To Oppose DOS' Public Charge Questionnaire

On December 23rd, Children’s HealthWatch submitted a public comment on the Department of State’s (DOS) notice of request for public comment on “60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Public Charge Questionnaire.”  The changes…

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Children’s HealthWatch research and policy analysis specifically focuses on the child health and developmental impacts of economic hardships with a particular focus on food insecurity, unstable housing, health care hardships and inability to afford adequate household energy.

  • Consistent access to food for all family members is crucial for ensuring children are healthy. Food and nutrition assistance programs are an essential cornerstone in supporting the health and well-being of low-income families. To read our SNAP/Farm Bill 2018 Legislative Priorities, click here.

  • Stable housing supports healthy growth and development among young children, and means families are not behind on rent, moving frequently, doubled up, overcrowded, or homeless. Policies that create affordable housing options that provide access to safe, stable housing help ensure young children and their families can thrive and be successful in life.

  • Maintaining consistent utility services so homes are heated in the winter and cooled in the summer is critical for children’s health and safety. Energy supports protect families from the harmful health effects of having their utilities shut off.

  • Health Care Hardships

    When families are forced to choose between paying for health care, such as medical care and prescriptions, and other basic needs such as food, rent, child care, or utility bills, that decision can have an effect on the health and wellbeing of young children. Providing supports necessary to care for children, especially those with special health care needs, is crucial for improving child health.

  • Alleviating economic hardships for families with young children will require comprehensive policy solutions including improvements to nutrition assistance programs, increasing access to affordable housing, providing energy assistance, making work pay through reducing cliff effects and increasing  and expanding access to the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit, providing affordable child care to all children, and supporting the health and development of all children.

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