Entries by Children's HealthWatch

SNAP cuts risky

It should go without saying that no child deserves to go hungry. But with the House of Representatives’ recent vote to cut $150 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), it seems this is not a closed debate anymore. And that puts the 20 million children who currently participate in SNAP, or food stamps, […]

Children’s HealthWatch Signs On To Letter Addressing Changes to MassHealth

On October 20th, 2017, Children’s HealthWatch signed on to a letter from Health Care to All addressing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). In the letter, the undersigned organizations offered their comments on the MassHealth Section 1115 Demonstration Waiver Amendment. This amendment reduces MassHealth eligibility, and move those who are affected by the […]

Statement on House Budget Proposal

As pediatricians, public health researchers, and child health and policy experts with the non-partisan organization Children’s HealthWatch, we urge members of Congress to ensure sufficient federal funding for programs that provide families necessary resources for becoming and staying healthy. Our research shows that access to food, stable homes, home energy, and affordable health care is […]

Mothers’ Adverse Childhood Experiences and Their Young Children’s Development

Introduction This study examined how mothers’ Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) relate to their children’s developmental risk and assessed how the association is mediated through mothers’ depressive symptoms and fair/poor health. Methods Mothers of children aged between 4 months and 4 years were recruited from the emergency department of a children’s hospital between March 2012 and […]

Allison Bovell-Ammon testimony before the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development

On September 19, 2017, Allison Bovell-Ammon, Children’s HealthWatch Deputy Director of Policy Strategy, submitted testimony to the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development in support of House Bill 2365 and Senate Bill 1004, which will raise the minimum wage in Massachusetts to $15 an hour by 2021.

Childhood hunger in North Philadelphia more than triples

Stephanie Sakho believes that people who work should have fuller refrigerators than she does. The divorced, certified nursing assistant from Southwest Philadelphia puts in 40 hours a week. But even with her salary and a $300 monthly allotment of food stamps, there isn’t always enough to feed her 10-year-old daughter and year-old son. “I think […]

Allison Bovell-Ammon testimony before the Joint Committee on Housing

On August 22, 2017, Allison Bovell-Ammon, Children’s HealthWatch Deputy Director of Policy Strategy, testified before the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Housing in support of Senate Bills 719 (An Act Relative to the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program) and 724 (An Act Relative to the economic mobility and stability program) and House Bills 2245 (An Act to interagency efforts […]