Entries by CHW Staff

EITC as a magic medicine

Children’s HealthWatch Principal Investigator, Dr. Megan Sandel, delivered remarks at the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Statewide Kick-Off in Springfield, Massachusetts on Friday, January 27, 2017.

Lift the Cap on Kids in Massachusetts

The Cap on Kids – sometimes called the Family Cap – denies welfare benefits to children conceived while – or soon after – the family received Temporary Assistance for Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC). Massachusetts is one of only 17 states that still have a Cap on Kids or similar policy. Children’s HealthWatch research shows TAFDC family […]

Cliff Effects and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

The American Dream tells us that if we just work hard enough, no matter our origins, we can succeed. However, many low-income families in the United States would beg to differ. Their efforts to become self-sufficient through employment can trigger a reduction in or termination of their benefits, resulting in a net loss of income […]

How Obamacare could help end hunger

Beyond insuring preexisting conditions and covering young adults until age 26 on their parents’ health plans — provisions singled out for support by President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump — the Affordable Care Act includes a less well-known requirement worth keeping. One that has the potential to end hunger in this country. In doing […]

Why Ben Carson’s medical experience matters at HUD

Ben Carson’s nomination as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development raised some eyebrows, and not just because Carson had recently said he wasn’t interested in running a federal agency. The responsibilities of the job — running a federal agency whose budget in 2016 neared $50 billion and that is responsible for helping local […]

3 providers that target housing to improve patient health

Boston Medical Center has partnered with a number of community groups to target children in families that have high rates of emergency department use, according to the report. ER “superusers” are a significant burden on the industry, and BMC’s program offers housing prescriptions to patients and connects them with care coordination services to prevent unneeded […]

The New Housing Call for Pediatricians

One Boston-based pediatrician tells us how by investing in innovative solutions that ensure stable, affordable housing, we can ensure that all children have the opportunity to live happy, healthy lives. In studies conducted by Children’s HealthWatch in Boston, researchers used overcrowding and multiple moves in one year as indicators. These and other studies show that housing […]

The war on childhood hunger. In Boston. In 2016.

Dr. Deborah A. Frank met Duvon Haughton when he was 10 months old, rushed to Boston Medical Center with an infection. The baby weighed a scant 14 pounds, roughly the weight expected for a 3-month-old. “He was lying on the bed, floppy-looking,” recalled Frank, founder and director of the hospital’s Grow Clinic. The youngest of […]