Entries by CHW Staff

Letter to the Federal Communications Commission to Ensure People Have Access to Cell Phone And Internet Service

On March 23rd, Children’s HealthWatch and over 250 organizations sent a letter to Chairman Pai, Commissioners O’Rielly, Carr, Rosenworcel and Starks to ensure people have access to cell phone and internet service during the COVID-19 crisis. The temporary expansion of Lifeline benefits will fulfill the Communications Act, advances the Congressionally mandated goals of universal service […]


Why Hospitals Are Building Housing

Originally published on Reasons to be Cheerful. As U.S. coronavirus infections rolled past 30,000 this weekend, approximately one in four Americans is under some kind of order not to leave home. But as Ruth Ann Norton knows, which home they’re confined to makes a world of difference. “Housing is such an integral part of health in this country,” […]

Letter to Support Emergency Money to the People

On March 22nd, Children’s HealthWatch and over 70 organizations led by the Economic Security Project signed a letter to support emergency money to the people. During an economic slowdown, Americans lose jobs and income. With a coronavirus-triggered contraction, those losses will likely hit low-income workers hardest as the travel and service industries contract, schools close, […]

Letter to Congress Calling for Immigrants to be Included in the COVID-19 3.0 Relief Package

On March 20th, Children’s HealthWatch and over 340 organizations through the Protecting Immigrant Families Campaign sent a letter to Speaker Pelosi and Minority Leader Schumer calling for immigrants to be included in the COVID-19 3.0 relief package. We cannot protect the nation from the Coronavirus and its economic impact if we deny health care and […]


Letter to Congress on the Economic Stimulus Efforts Related to COVID-19

On March 20th, Children’s HealthWatch sent a letter to Speaker Pelosi, Minority Leader McCarthy, Majority Leader McConnell, and Minority Leader Schumer on the economic stimulus efforts related to novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Children’s HealthWatch commends efforts to respond to this crisis through paid family leave, expanded access to nutrition assistance, and public health funding. However, we […]


A Message From Children’s HealthWatch on COVID-19 and Our Upcoming Events

During this time of national crisis, Children’s HealthWatch remains committed to ensuring all families have the resources they need to thrive. We recognize that the dramatic changes due public health concerns about the rapid transmission of COVID-19 and impending economic downturn will have a disproportionate impact on families of young children, families with low incomes, […]

Letter to Congress to Invest in the Child Care and Early Learning Sector in the COVID-19 3.0 Relief Package

On March 19th, Children’s HealthWatch and other organizations led by EducationCounsel sent a letter to Speaker Pelosi, Minority Leader McCarthy, Majority Leader McConnell, and Minority Leader Schumer requesting significant attention to and investment in the child care and early learning sector in the COVID-19 3.0 Relief Package. Child care is the backbone of the American […]

Hospitals Invest in Affordable Housing in Bid to Increase Patient Health

Originally published on FUNDFire. Health care and hospital systems are looking at a new way to align their dollars with their missions by pursuing affordable housing investments. Early movers in the space hope that those impact investments will both increase community health and decrease the financial strain on their institutions. “Asset managers tell us for impact […]

Massachusetts Emergency Task Force on Coronavirus & Equity

The Emergency Task Force on Coronavirus & Equity will call for urgent action from Governor Baker, Attorney General Healey, and the Legislature on four state policy priorities to address the disproportionate impact of the coronavirus outbreak on communities already experiencing marginalization, including low-wage workers, immigrants, and people experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity. The Task Force, […]