Entries by Children's HealthWatch

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The sunsetting of the child tax credit expansion could leave many families without enough food on the table

Originally posted on The Conversation. The discontinuation of the Biden administration’s monthly payments of the child tax credit could leave millions of American families without enough food on the table, according to our new study in JAMA Network Open. The first missed payment on Jan. 15, 2022, left families that had come to rely on them […]

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Type of Child Care Setting Is Associated with Child Care Constraints and Food Insecurity Among Families with Low-Incomes

Originally posted on Academic Pediatrics. Abstract Objective High quality child care positively affects long-term development in children and is a necessary support for parents who work or are in school. We assessed the association between child care setting and parents’ report of difficulties with ability to work and/or further their education (“child care constraints”) or […]

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Children’s HealthWatch Comments on the Department of State’s interim final rule, “Visas: Ineligibility Based on Public Charge Grounds”

On January 14, 2022, Children’s HealthWatch submitted comments on the Department’s of State’s interim final rule, “Visas: Ineligibility Based on Public Charge Grounds,” published in the Federal Register on November 17, 2021. … As pediatricians and public health researchers, we are acutely aware of the harmful health and economic consequences resulting from long-standing exclusions of […]

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Association of the Implementation of Child Tax Credit Advance Payments With Food Insufficiency in US Households

Key Points Question: Was the introduction of advance payments for the Child Tax Credit associated with food insufficiency in US households? Findings: In this cross-sectional study using repeated surveys of a nationally representative sample of US households, the introduction of advance payments for the Child Tax Credit was associated with a significant reduction in household food […]

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Advance Child Tax Credit payments cut food insufficiency by 26%, study finds

Originally posted on United Press International. Jan. 13 (UPI) — Advance Child Tax Credit payments, part of last year’s federal American Rescue Plan, reduced food insufficiency, or lack of food, in households across the country by 26%, a study published Thursday by JAMA Network Open found. However, those gains are likely to be reversed because the federal relief […]

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Special Pandemic Payments Staved Off Hunger for Children’s Families

Originally posted on MedPage Today. — Should the expired Child Tax Credit policy be carried forward? The Child Tax Credit safeguarded U.S. families with children from food insufficiency during the pandemic and should be made permanent, researchers urged. Starting in July and August 2021, the first advance payments of the expanded Child Tax Credit corresponded […]

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

On January 4, 2022, Children’s HealthWatch submitted testimony to Chairman Lewis, Chairwoman Peisch, and distinguished members of the Joint Committee on Education in strong support of H.714/S.314: An Act relative to universal school meals. As a nonpartisan network of pediatricians, public health researchers, and children’s health and policy experts committed to improving children’s health in America, […]

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The immigrant birthweight paradox in an urban cohort: Role of immigrant enclaves and ambient air pollution

Immigrants are a rapidly growing population in the United States (US). By the year 2065, immigrants and subsequent generations will account for 88% of the country’s growth or ~103 million people [1]. As such, research that investigates drivers of perinatal health outcomes among immigrants is critical for shaping the health of future generations. Low birthweight […]