Entries by Children's HealthWatch

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One tool to help create affordable housing — real estate transfer fees

Originally posted on The Boston Globe. The open market has never had a viable mechanism to resolve the problem of escalating housing prices and rampant real estate speculation. For too long, affordable homes have been out of reach for people across the Commonwealth. But a tool exists that can help communities solve this persistent problem: a […]

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Children’s HealthWatch Comments on USPSTF Draft Research Plan: Preventive Services for Food Insecurity

On March 23, 2022, Children’s HealthWatch submitted comments to the USPSTF Coordinator on the Draft Research Plan for “Preventive Services for Food Insecurity.” The commentary addresses 5 proposed key questions, 7 proposed contextual questions, and the proposed research approach in the plan.

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Residents of color disproportionately hit by evictions after moratorium expired, says new report

Originally posted on WBUR. Megan Sandel, a physician who serves as co-director of Boston Medical Center’s Grow Clinic for Children, cautioned Tuesday that housing displacement can spiral into years of lingering health effects. Evictions, she said, “really alter people’s life courses in ways that are unconscionable.” “In our research and others’, we have seen that […]

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Doctors and health systems find novel ways to address hunger and its causes

Originally posted on Fern’s AG Insider. Allison Bovell-Ammon, director of policy strategy at Children’s HealthWatch, an advocacy and research organization headquartered at Boston Medical Center, described some of the ways the medical center addresses the drivers of health inequities. It started the first hospital-based food pantry in the country and has subsequently added a range […]

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For Immigrant Mothers, WIC Nutrition Program Led to Healthier Infant Birth Weights

Originally posted on HealthCity. The Bottom Line | Participation in Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) during pregnancy by immigrant mothers with low incomes is associated with healthier birth weights among infants born in the U.S. Context | An infant’s birth weight is an indicator of the mother’s prenatal health and a predictor […]

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Monthly Child Tax Credit Payments Linked to Decline in Food Insufficiency

Originally posted on HealthCity. The Bottom Line | A temporary expansion of the Child Tax Credit (CTC) program effectively created a monthly child allowance that may have shielded low-income families with children from the impacts of economic hardship, such as hunger. Context | The economic crisis resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic led to millions of job […]

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Lawmakers may rebalance Baker’s tax relief plans

Originally posted on WBUR. Lawmakers will be making election-year choices on how to handle the lame-duck governor’s proposal. Some who testified during the hearing indicated Baker’s bill could serve as a starting point for the committee to assemble its own tax policy legislation. Mike Festa of AARP Massachusetts floated incorporating a tax credit to support […]

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Children’s HealthWatch Submits Written Testimony to the MA Joint Committee on Revenue

On February 22, 2022, Children’s HealthWatch submitted testimony to Chairman Cusack, Chairman Hinds, and distinguished members of the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Revenue on H.4361: An Act to improve Massachusetts’ competitiveness and reduce the cost of living. On behalf of Children’s HealthWatch, a nonpartisan network of pediatricians, public health researchers, and children’s health and policy […]