Children’s HealthWatch, headquartered at Boston Medical Center, is a nonpartisan network of pediatricians, public health researchers, and children’s health and policy experts. Our network is committed to improving children’s health in America.

We do that by first collecting real-time data in urban hospitals across the country on infants and toddlers from families facing economic hardship. We then analyze and share our findings with academics, legislators, and the public. Our findings help policymakers and the public better understand the social and economic factors that impact children’s health so they can make well-informed policy decisions that can give all children equal opportunities for healthy, successful lives.

Our Mission

The mission of Children’s HealthWatch is to improve the health and development of young children by informing policies that address and alleviate economic hardships.

Our Methods

Since 1998, Children’s HealthWatch has been collecting real-time data in frontline healthcare settings, to perform comprehensive research on the impact of economic hardship on the health and development of infants and toddlers under age four.

We are the only frontline organization that collects and analyzes data on an ongoing basis exclusively about very young children who are from families facing economic hardship. With nearly 60,000 surveys in our data set, we have the most comprehensive, current information about the health and well-being of this population.

To ensure a complete picture of each child in our survey, the information we collect from caregivers includes more than just physical health. We also look at numerous factors that impact health, such as access to food and affordable housing.

Click here to learn more about our research and methodology.