Entries by CHW Staff

Statement on House Budget Proposal

As pediatricians, public health researchers, and child health and policy experts with the non-partisan organization Children’s HealthWatch, we urge members of Congress to ensure sufficient federal funding for programs that provide families necessary resources for becoming and staying healthy. Our research shows that access to food, stable homes, home energy, and affordable health care is […]

Mothers’ Adverse Childhood Experiences and Their Young Children’s Development

Introduction This study examined how mothers’ Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) relate to their children’s developmental risk and assessed how the association is mediated through mothers’ depressive symptoms and fair/poor health. Methods Mothers of children aged between 4 months and 4 years were recruited from the emergency department of a children’s hospital between March 2012 and […]

Allison Bovell-Ammon testimony before the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development

On September 19, 2017, Allison Bovell-Ammon, Children’s HealthWatch Deputy Director of Policy Strategy, submitted testimony to the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development in support of House Bill 2365 and Senate Bill 1004, which will raise the minimum wage in Massachusetts to $15 an hour by 2021.

Childhood hunger in North Philadelphia more than triples

Stephanie Sakho believes that people who work should have fuller refrigerators than she does. The divorced, certified nursing assistant from Southwest Philadelphia puts in 40 hours a week. But even with her salary and a $300 monthly allotment of food stamps, there isn’t always enough to feed her 10-year-old daughter and year-old son. “I think […]

Allison Bovell-Ammon testimony before the Joint Committee on Housing

On August 22, 2017, Allison Bovell-Ammon, Children’s HealthWatch Deputy Director of Policy Strategy, testified before the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Housing in support of Senate Bills 719 (An Act Relative to the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program) and 724 (An Act Relative to the economic mobility and stability program) and House Bills 2245 (An Act to interagency efforts […]

New evidence sheds light on the impact of civil unrest on mothers’ daily routines and emotional well-being

On April 12, 2015, in Baltimore, Maryland, police officers arrested Freddie Gray, a 25 year-old African American man, who subsequently sustained neck and spinal injuries while in a police vehicle. His death led to protests across the city and erupted in civil unrest: fires, property destruction, and violence. A state of emergency was declared from […]

Civil Unrest in the Context of Chronic Community Violence: Impact on Maternal Depressive Symptoms

Objectives: To examine changes in maternal–child health surrounding the April 2015 civil unrest in Baltimore, Maryland, following Freddie Gray’s death while in police custody. Methods: We conducted cross-sectional Children’s HealthWatch surveys January 2014 through December 2015 in pediatric emergency departments and primary care clinics on maternal–child health and June 2015 through October 2015 on daily […]