Entries by CHW Staff

Hospitals target nutrition, other social needs to boost health

Tom Shicowich “really, really, really liked Coca-Cola” before he began a new nutrition program targeting his Type 2 diabetes and weight. Being on a “very tight budget,” he couldn’t afford the fruit and vegetables he cut up for a living at his part-time grocery store job. Dinner was often a pizza or fast food meal he picked up on […]

Heard on Beacon Hill

“It is my desire to do something. It is doubtful we could restore everything in full, but at the very least I’d like to see us at least make partial restoration.” – House Speaker Robert DeLeo (D-Winthrop) on the question of whether the Legislature will move to restore some $98 million in budget cuts made […]


LAWMAKERS KNOCK BENEFIT CAP FOR CHILDREN CONCEIVED WHILE ON PUBLIC ASSISTANCE By Katie Lannan STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, FEB. 7, 2017…..Drawing on life experiences she said gave her a “master’s in poverty,” Rep. Marjorie Decker on Thursday urged support for legislation that would ease certain restrictions on welfare benefits to families. Speaking […]

Association of Food Insecurity with Children’s Behavioral, Emotional, and Academic Outcomes: A Systematic Review

ABSTRACT: Objective: Food Insecurity (FI) occurs in 21% of families with children and adolescents in the United States, but the potential developmental and behavioral implications of this prevalent social determinant of health have not been comprehensively elucidated. This systematic review aims to examine the association between FI and childhood developmental and behavioral outcomes in western […]

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 […]