Entries by CHW Staff

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Healthy Families EITC Coalition’s Testimony To Support Massachusetts Bill S.2659 & H.4726: “An Act to Provide Equal Stimulus Checks to Immigrant Taxpayers”

On May 22nd, the Healthy Families EITC Coalition submitted a written testimony to strongly support Massachusetts Bill S.2659 & H.4726: “An Act to Provide Equal Stimulus Checks to Immigrant Taxpayers”. While the Federal CARES Act provided critical support in the form of rebates to taxpayers who have Social Security Numbers, it excluded those families in […]

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Electronic Medical Record–Based Referrals to Community Nutritional Assistance for Food-Insecure Patients

Food insecurity, defined as the lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life, has consistently been associated with poor health outcomes and higher health care costs. To address this issue, a food resource referral was integrated into Hennepin County Medical Center’s (HCMC) electronic medical record (EMR) at the hospital, outpatient clinics, […]

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A Process to Quantify the Health Impact of State Tax Policy

Originally published on The Pew Charitable Trusts. To examine the potential effects of creating a state-level earned income tax credit for low-income workers, experts in 2019 conducted a detailed health impact assessment (HIA) of a proposal before the Arkansas Legislature. The analysis of baseline health condition data in the state showed existing disparities based on […]

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‘I Know You’re Angry With Me Right Now Because You’re Hungry’

Originally published on The New York Times.  Infants and toddlers in food-insecure households were at higher risk for iron deficiency, experienced more hospitalizations and were generally in worse health than children who had enough to eat, according to data collected by Children’s HealthWatch, a network of public health researchers who study how economic conditions impact young […]

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Access to High-Quality, Affordable Child Care: Strategies to Improve Health Across Boston and the Commonwealth

Access to High-Quality, Affordable Child Care: Strategies to Improve Health Across Boston and the Commonwealth Summary of Findings Cost, location, hours, and/or availability of high-quality child care may restrict parent’s ability to work and/or further their education, a condition referred to as “child care constraints”. Children’s HealthWatch research found that parents and children in families […]

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Access to High-Quality, Affordable Child Care: Strategies to Improve Health

Access to High-Quality, Affordable Child Care: Strategies to Improve Health High-quality, nurturing, and affordable child care is essential to support children and their parents. A large body of evidence demonstrates the importance of high-quality early environments as critical determinants of school readiness, cognitive and social outcomes, and later educational and career success for children living […]

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19 Ways to Ensure Health Equity for Latinos During (and After) COVID-19

Originally published on Salud America!  Health equity is where everyone has a fair and just opportunity to live their healthiest life possible. But health inequity remains. Now the COVID-19 pandemic is worsening historical inequities, and disproportionately affecting and killing Latinos and other people of color. So what can we do? We need to both immediate focus to ease the coronavirus […]