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HAC report: Voucher program isn’t working

With only 31 affordable rental units available for every 100 extremely low income households nationally, the affordable housing shortage is even greater on the Cape and Islands, according to the study just released by the Hyannis-based nonprofit. The report also includes interviews with housing specialists and others, like Dr. Megan Sandel, who practices at Boston […]

Growth and Nutrition Practice Encourages Children’s Appetite and Autonomy

Many parents contend their child is a picky eater, but when problematic eating habits are combined with poor growth and possibly contributing medical conditions, it’s a recipe for intervention by the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital’s Growth and Nutrition Practice (GNP). About 30% of children referred for evaluation at the GNP cope with medical problems […]


Treatment Plan for Hunger: SNAP, WIC, and the Community Eligibility Provision

About the What If? Series Through the What If Project, Children’s HealthWatch is providing real and specific models of better policy futures, working toward our vision of a future where all children’s basic needs are met, sustaining their health and enabling them to reach their potential. For this brief, Children’s HealthWatch asked, “What if we optimized […]

What if… the United States decided to proactively alleviate food insecurity?

What if… the Unites States decided to proactively alleviate food insecurity? Finally, after years of sluggish, uncertain growth following the Great Recession, the United States economy appears to have surged in 2015. Two recently released annual reports from the USDA on household food security and the Census Bureau on income, poverty and health insurance tell […]

Strengthening Neighborhood Interventions to Alleviate Childhood Poverty

Neighborhood poverty levels are associated with the health status of children and adults. To improve the roots of lifelong health, the authors assess the existing literature and some illustrative case studies to develop strategies that can guide future neighborhood-level interventions. In an article published in Academic Pediatrics, Children’s HealthWatch Principal Investigator, Dr. Megan Sandel, and […]

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 […]

Connecting the Dots Between Hunger and Health

At GBFB, Dr. Brodowski is working with our new Food Security Task Force to bridge the connection between hunger and health, while also forging partnerships with community health centers to address food insecurity through a 3-pronged approach. First, she is leveraging GBFB’s powerful logistical and distribution capacities to provide community health centers and their low-income patient populations with onsite […]