Entries by Children's HealthWatch

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Evictions Damage Public Health. The CDC Aims To Curb Them ― For Now

Originally published on NPR. Doctor: Evictions akin to “toxic exposure” Megan Sandel, a pediatrician at Boston Medical Center, says at least a third of the 14,000 families with children that seek treatment at her medical center have fallen behind on their rent, a figure mirrored in national reports. Hospital officials worry that evictions during the pandemic […]

Hunger in America, Especially for Children, Has “Skyrocketed” During COVID-19, Data Shows

Originally published on The Intercept. “What I see every day from the pandemic is amazingly-increased numbers of severely underweight children coming to our clinic, and parents really panicked about how they’re going to find enough food,” says Dr. Megan Sandel, an associate professor of pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine. According to CBPP, the […]

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Moving Toward a More Equitable and Just Society: A New “What If Project” System Simulation Policy Brief

For 22 years, we have sought to understand what children need to reach their fullest potential. This search has led us to embark on a bold thought experiment and ask: What if the structural inequities that drive racial/ethnic disparities in education attainment in the United States were eliminated? We share our attempt to answer that […]

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‘How Am I Going To Make It?’ Months of Eviction Uncertainty Are Taking a Toll on Millions of Families

Originally published on Time. Months of such uncertainty can have real consequences. In order to keep a roof over their heads, families may compromise on food, energy and health care bills, experts say. “These things not only take a physical toll, but they take a mental health toll,” says Dr. Megan Sandel, an associate professor of […]

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Clock Ticks On Pandemic EBT Program

Originally published on KUNR.  A federal program called Pandemic EBT has been a lifeline for many low-income families recently. But unless Congress acts, it’ll expire at the end of the month. P-EBT, launched in March when schools across the county began to close, was designed as a substitute for free or reduced-price school lunches. Families […]

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Millions of Children Go Hungry as Mitch McConnell Blocks Stimulus Bill

Originally published on Truthout. Advocates on the front lines say they are seeing an alarming increase in the number of families going hungry in communities across the country. Megan Sandel, a physician at the Grow Clinic for Children at Boston Medical Center and investigator for Children’s HealthWatch, said the number of families showing up at the medical […]