Entries by Children's HealthWatch

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 […]

Fact Sheet: Improve the Health of Families in the Commonwealth through EITC

An Act Improving the Earned Income Credit for Healthier Families (filed by Rep. Decker and Sen. Eldridge) in Massachusetts will: Increase the state Earned Income Tax Credit from 23 percent to 50 percent of the value of the federal EITC for all eligible recipients to reward work, increase economic mobility, and improve children’s health. Enable abandoned […]

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 […]