Entries by Children's HealthWatch

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BMC Pediatrician Presents a Model for Stably Housing Families in White House Forum

Originally posted on BMC HealthCity. One in five renters living with children are having difficulty keeping up on rent. Megan Sandel, MD, proposes a three-pronged solution. “One thing that the COVID-19 pandemic has really made clear is that it has increased housing stability from a crisis to now, really, a pandemic in and of itself,” […]

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Kids go hungry, face malnutrition as safety net ebbs

Originally posted on Bloomberg. Quicktake “Charge” clip with Children’s HealthWatch Co-Lead Principal Investigator, Dr. Megan Sandel. “We know that people are using the Child Tax Credit well." Watch Children’s HealthWatch Co-Lead Principal Investigator @megansandel on @business talk about why the #AdvancedCTC is so important! pic.twitter.com/mY8h9QhlDt — Children’s HealthWatch (@ChildrensHW) December 21, 2021

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Hunger Stunts Growth of American Babies as Inflation Hits Hard

Originally posted on Bloomberg. Underfed children are falling behind the growth curve in some high-risk areas, while other families turn to cheaper, less-nutritious foods to fill up. Both will have lasting impacts. One-year-olds are falling further behind the growth curve at a Boston clinic that treats toddlers so underweight their brain development is at risk. […]

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‘This relief currently has an expiration date, but parenting does not’: Senator Markey calls for extending child tax credit

Originally posted on The Boston Globe. Senator Edward J. Markey joined health providers at Boston Medical Center on Monday to call for an extension of the Child Tax Credit, a federal program that has provided monthly checks to families with children since July but is due to expire next month. The tax credit, the centerpiece […]

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U.S. Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro is 2021 Children’s HealthWatch Champion

Originally posted on Woodbridge Town News. Children’s HealthWatch, headquartered at Boston Medical Center, has named U.S. Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro their 2021 Children’s HealthWatch Champion.  The annual award is given to “a champion who advocates for evidence-based policies that help children thrive.”  Congresswoman DeLauro, who represents Connecticut’s 3rd congressional district, was presented the award at the organization’s […]

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More than 101,000 New York City public school students faced homelessness last year

Originally posted on CBS News. A stunning new report by New York City officials highlights a major crisis facing thousands of public school students: the lack of available permanent housing. Dr. Megan Sandel, Boston Medical Center’s principal investigator of Children’s HealthWatch and co-director of The Grow Clinic, joins CBSN AM to discuss the new report […]

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Can the Hunger Vital Sign™ act as a prescreen for other social needs?

Over the past decade, the health care community has demonstrated growing interest in and commitment to addressing social determinants of health (SDOH) and patients’ social needs – the midstream manifestations of the impact of SDOH1 – in clinical settings. Four out of 5 US hospitals demonstrate leadership commitment to systematically address social needs as part […]