Entries by Children's HealthWatch

Study attaches high cost to hunger, food insecurity

From dialysis treatments to special attention in the classroom, costs pile up for those who may be ailing because they are hungry or unsure how they will get their next meals. A study publicized Tuesday pegged the total cost of hunger and food insecurity in Massachusetts at $2.4 billion. “That’s a staggering amount,” said Catherine […]

Hunger’s tab in Mass. is $2.4 billion, report says

Food insecurity has been linked to myriad health problems in adults and children. Now, a new report puts a dollar figure on the annual cost of hunger in Massachusetts: $2.4 billion. The estimate comes from a new report by the Greater Boston Food Bank and the Children’s HealthWatch, a nonpartisan network of pediatricians and researchers. […]

An Avoidable $2.4 Billion Cost: The Estimated Health-Related Costs of Food Insecurity and Hunger in Massachusetts

Hunger is a health issue. This report communicates direct and indirect health-related expenditures attributable to food insecurity and hunger in the state of Massachusetts in 2016. It also includes special educational costs associated with food insecurity. In this report we use the most up-to-date information available on costs of treating health conditions in Massachusetts, and […]

Executive Summary: An Avoidable $2.4 Billion Cost: The Estimated Health-Related Costs of Food Insecurity and Hunger in Massachusetts

Hunger is a health issue. Research clearly demonstrates that food insecurity negatively impacts the health of children and adults. Food insecurity and hunger are associated with low birth weight, impaired brain development, malnutrition, hospitalizations, mental health issues, diabetes and heart problems.1,2 Using modeling systems, researchers at Children’s HealthWatch simulated healthcare and educational costs of food […]

Late Rent Payments Can Harm Health Outcomes of Caregivers and Children

Unstable housing, which includes poor housing quality, unstable neighborhoods, overcrowding, and other factors, is a significant social determinant of health for adults and children. This new study identified three forms of housing instability (being behind on rent, moving multiple times, and experiencing homelessness) associated with inadequate access to care and poor health outcomes; sought to […]

Are We Worried Sick About the Rent?

There’s been quite a bit of research linking financial insecurity to poor health outcomes. The connection is, on its face, an obvious one, as a depleted checking account can cause stress, which can manifest in our bodies and minds. A new study by researchers at Boston Medical Center furthers that unfortunate connection: It finds housing instability, including chronically late […]

Is Stressing About the Rent Making Us Sick?

The peer-reviewed academic journal Pediatrics has published a study showing a link between families who struggle to make their rent and poor health for both the adults and children in those families. Doctors and researchers from Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Minneapolis, and Little Rock analyzed surveys of more than 22,000 families of renters with children age 4 or […]

Children’s HealthWatch submits response to USDA’s proposed rule on school meals standard

On Monday, January 29th, 2018, Children’s HealthWatch submitted a comment in response to the USDA’s proposed rule, “Child Nutrition Programs: Flexibilities for Milk, Whole Grains, and Sodium Requirements” (7 CFR 210, 215, 220, 226). The proposed rule alters school meal standards so that they are inconsistent with the USDA’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and harms our nation’s […]

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Housing Instability: A New Screen for Adverse Health Issues for Caregivers and Children

Screening for adverse childhood experiences that can influence future trajectories of child health has become a priority for child healthcare professionals. Most of us are familiar with the two-question food insecurity questions embedded in the AAP’s Bright Futures and Bright Futures Toolkit, but have you ever considered housing instability to also provide a window into […]

The Burden of a Late Rent Check Can Harm the Health of Both Parents and Kids

There’s been quite a bit of research linking financial insecurity to poor health outcomes. The connection is, on its face, an obvious one, as a depleted checking account can cause stress, which can manifest in our bodies and minds. A new study by researchers at Boston Medical Center furthers that unfortunate connection: It finds housing instability, including chronically late […]