Entries by Children's HealthWatch

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How Will Biden’s Fix for Child Poverty Affect Kids’ Health?

Originally published on Tradeoffs. The recently passed $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act includes a sweeping expansion of the child tax credit, a policy change that could protect millions of kids from poverty — and the health risks that come with it. Episode Credits Guests: Deborah Frank, MD, Founding Director of the Grow Clinic at Boston Medical Center (retired); Professor […]

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The 1st big bill of the Biden era is a BFD. Here’s why

Originally published on CBC News. Advocates for these measures included doctors, in Boston, who, despite working in one of the wealthiest cities in one of the wealthiest nations on Earth, described seeing underweight babies that meet the World Health Organization definition of malnutrition. A researcher who works with these doctors says they literally notice babies’ weights fluctuating […]

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‘We Will Handle It.’ An Army of Women Is Taking on the Hunger Crisis in Local Communities

Originally published on TIME. While SNAP and other federal food-aid programs have changed substantially since the ’60s, they still leave millions of Americans struggling to get enough to eat. A single person making more than $1,064 a month after taxes does not qualify for any SNAP funds at all, and those who do qualify often can’t feed […]

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The American Rescue Plan: A Prescription for Child Health and Stability During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Last week the House voted to advance the American Rescue Plan Act sending the COVID-19 Relief package to the Senate. The $1.9 trillion relief package contains policies that seek to address the economic stability and health of people and communities, providing urgently needed resources to pave the way for recovery. The COVID-19 pandemic and the […]

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Let’s make school meals free for all kids

Originally published on Commonwealth Magazine. Just over 5 percent of students paying full price eat both school breakfast and lunch, daily. That means, unfortunately, school meals carry with them the label of being “poor;” a label that brings fear of stigma for far too many children and can be enough to lead some to skip […]

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What Is Redlining? How Residential Segregation Shaped U.S. Cities

Originally published on Teen Vogue. The years that followed the Great Depression were vital in creating an expanded middle class, and the federal government ensured that this class mobility was readily available to white Americans and out of reach for most Black Americans. Homeownership is a key method of building wealth, as Lisa Rice, executive vice president […]

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Thousands Wait In Lines At Food Pantries. They Could Be Shopping At Grocery Stores

Originally published on GBH. A growing number of people in Massachusetts are accessing SNAP benefits. Between March and June of last year, households enrolled in SNAP grew by 19% over pre-pandemic rates, according to the Department of Transitional Assistance, which oversees the SNAP program in Massachusetts. Yet, by the DTA’s own estimates, more than 700,000 […]