Entries by Children's HealthWatch

Putting a price tag on childhood hunger

It’s hard to put a price tag on hunger, but a new report does just that: $2.4 billion. In 2016, that was the cost in Massachusetts alone for additional healthcare, special education, and lost work time related to food insecurity. This validates what I see regularly as a pediatrician. I’m a street doctor in Austin […]

Children’s HealthWatch comment on Requirements and Services for ABAWDs

Re: Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Requirements and Services for Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents RIN 0584–AE57 Dear Ms. Gersten-Paal: Thank you for the opportunity to comment on USDA’s Advanced Notice on requirements and services for Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWDs). On behalf of Children’s HealthWatch please accept these comments and our […]

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An Avoidable $2.4 Billion Cost: Food Insecurity and Hunger in Massachusetts

A conservative $2.4 billion per year would be saved in treating medical issues that are linked to food insecurity. Improving food security among Massachusetts residents would reduce healthcare costs for individuals, families, and the Commonwealth. For more information on the cost of food insecurity and hunger in Massachusetts, please visit MAcostofhunger.org.

Diverse Groups Unite for Housing

With the understanding that housing means more than shelter, a wide-ranging group of organizations have joined together on a national multi-sector housing campaign. Opportunity Starts at Home launched this week at the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s (NLIHC’s) Housing Policy Forum in Washington, D.C. With financial support from the Funders for Housing and Opportunity, NLIHC launched this […]

NAACP joins campaign to increase affordable housing across America

“A stable, affordable home is a prescription for good health,” said Dr. Megan Sandel, principal investigator with Children’s HealthWatch. “Children’s HealthWatch is excited to join our colleagues on the  Opportunity Starts at Home campaign to identify solutions that provide access to safe, decent, affordable housing in neighborhoods where everyone has equitable opportunities to thrive.” Learn […]

Opportunity Starts at Home

Opportunity Starts at Home is a national multi-sector movement which generates widespread support for federal policies that protect and expand affordable housing for low-income people. The campaign launched on March 20, 2018 with Children’s HealthWatch as a founding partner. Visit Opportunity Starts at Home

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These are the key actions that successful anti-hunger and health care partnerships all share

Over the past several years, Health care systems and individual providers have increasingly recognized their role in identifying and addressing their patients’ food security needs. Efforts to screen for food insecurity in health care settings and facilitate successful connections to anti-hunger organizations and emergency food providers have increasingly become squarely positioned within systems of health […]

‘What happened’ vs. ‘what’s wrong’: Recognizing how trauma impacts us all | Perspective

There is a toxin in Philadelphia that our children and families are being exposed to near constantly: trauma. Trauma lingers and isn’t just limited to a single incident, like a gunshot. Trauma manifests in hunger, housing instability, or living without utilities. It can include exposure to abuse, neglect, gun violence, police brutality, imprisonment, and domestic […]

Successes, Challenges, and Considerations for Integrating Referral into Food Insecurity Screening in Pediatric Settings

Food insecurity, lack of access to enough food for an active and healthy life, is associated with poor child health. Three pediatric clinics implemented a two- question food insecurity screening of 7,284 families with children younger than five years. Over one thousand (1,133, 15.6%) reported food insecurity and 630 (55.6%) were referred to a benefits […]

Emergency Department Experience with Novel Electronic Medical Record Order for Referral to Food Resources

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines food insecurity as “limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods, or limited or uncertain ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways”. Food insecurity is prevalent in the U.S., affecting 12.7% of the population in 2016. The impact of food insecurity can be […]