Entries by CHW Staff

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Experiences of Racial and Ethnic Discrimination Are Associated with Food Insecurity and Poor Health

Abstract: This study examines the associations of mothers’ experiences of discrimination (EODs) with household food insecurity (HFI), physical health, and depressive symptoms, while taking into account the influence of mothers’ Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and public assistance participation. Mothers (N = 1372) of young children under age 4 who self-identified as Latinx, Non-Latinx Black/African American […]

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Recommendations From SNAP Participants to Improve Wages and End Stigma

We present views of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) from the perspective of participants.We are SNAP participants and academic researchers who have worked together for 11 years to understand, explain, and address food insecurity. SNAP is ensnared in much larger problems in US society related to the stigmatization of people who are poor and […]

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What if the best way to alleviate food insecurity is to help people build their credit scores?

It makes intuitive sense that a low-income family, paying expensive rent, might experience food insecurity. Research shows that when people run low on money, groceries are often one of the first bills to trim. “Rent eats first. Households are forced to pay their rent because they need a place to stay,” says Andrew Aurand, vice president […]

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Home Is Where The Health Is

Megan Sandel MED ’96 fights for children: For the child struggling to breathe because his family’s apartment is laden with mold. For the child being poisoned by the lead that lurks in her home’s water supply. For the child who has no home at all. As a nationally recognized expert on housing and its connection […]

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Children’s Healthwatch’s Testimony For H.173/S.58: An Act Relative To Economic Mobility For Families With Low-Incomes

On November 19th, Children’s HealthWatch submitted a testimony to Chairwoman Chang-Diaz, Chairwoman Khan, and members of the Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities. Currently, the state has opportunities to improve the health of young children and reduce economic hardship by enacting legislation that responds to the realities of families with young children. […]

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Children’s HealthWatch’s Public Comment To Oppose DOS’ Interim Final Rule On Visas Ineligibility Based On Public Charge Grounds

On November 11th, Children’s HealthWatch submitted a public comment on the Department of State’s (DOS) interim final rule for “Visas: Ineligibility Based on Public Charge Grounds”. The changes detailed in this rule would effectively only allow the wealthy to be granted visas. Furthermore, the proposed changes to public charge criteria will discriminate against individuals from […]

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Children’s HealthWatch’s Public Comment To Oppose DOJ’s Proposed Rule On DNA-Sample Collection From Immigration Detainees

On November 11th, Children’s HealthWatch submitted a public comment on the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) proposed rule for “DNA-Sample Collection From Immigration Detainees”. If passed the proposed rule would change how the DOJ implements the DNA Fingerprint Act of 2005, which authorized the collection of DNA samples from individuals arrested or detained by federal authorities. […]

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Children’s HealthWatch’s Public Comment To Oppose DOS’ Interim Final Rule On Immigrant Health Coverage

On October 31st, Children’s HealthWatch submitted a public comment on the Department of State’s (DOS) interim final rule for “Notice of Information collection Under OMB Emergency Review: Immigrant Health Insurance Coverage”. We oppose this rule change in the strongest possible terms because it undermines the nation’s health and the health of children and families by […]

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Children’s HealthWatch’s Second Public Comment To Oppose The Proposed Changes To Categorical Eligibility In The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) During The Reopening Of The Comment Period

On October 31st, Children’s HealthWatch submitted a second public comment on the Food and Nutrition Service’s (FNS) Notice of Public Rule Making (NPRM) for “Revision of Categorical Eligibility in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); Reopening of Comment Period” published on July 24, 2019 and reopened on October 18, 2019. In light of new analyses, […]