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Building an Equitable Future for Children and Families: Key Policy Opportunities to Support Children’s Health and Well-Being

Originally posted on the Community Catalyst Blog. It’s been six months since passage of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), and provisions designed to decrease child poverty and increase health coverage and access are making an impact. Families have been able to afford food and basic expenses to keep their children healthy because of the […]

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The American Rescue Plan Act, A Critical Opportunity To Improve Child And Family Health

Originally posted on Health Affairs Blog. The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) provides a critical opportunity to improve child and family health and well-being by reducing the poverty and food insecurity that too many families, especially families of color, experience. The ARPA expands the benefits and eligibility of the income support programs, the Child Tax […]

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The 23 year marathon

On October 11, 2021, I will take part in the 125th Boston Marathon alongside 20,000 fellow runners. Why am I doing this? The reasons are many, but the one that matters most to me is being able to raise money for the amazing organization I work for, Children’s HealthWatch at Boston Medical Center. I’ve been […]

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Thoughts and Prayers Aren’t Enough: We Need to Stop Deluding Ourselves About Racism

This past weekend has seen numerous protests, vigils and calls for action in response to the recent attacks on Asian Americans and immigrants,  including the tragic killings of eight people, six of them Asian women, in three Atlanta spas. While families and friends are mourning the loss of their loved ones, they must also contend with the […]

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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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Families Need Congress to Prioritize Economic Relief: 5 Measures to Promote Child and Family Health

In the wake of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, we are disheartened to see the Senate’s swift movement to confirm a replacement to the Supreme Court while continuing to leave negotiations on a bipartisan COVID relief package stalled and families struggling. Millions of people across the country have lost income as a result […]

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Tell Congress and the White House: Pass and Enact a COVID-19 Relief Deal that Supports Families!

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Blog by Miao Gong, Intern at Children’s HealthWatch

I’m 7 years old, walking hand-in-hand with my grandpa going to buy groceries for the week. It’s a hot summer day in Chicago and I know it’s going to rain later because the humidity was making grandpa’s joints ache and my stray hairs fly up. We walk into the store, which is tucked into the […]

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The Fire This Time

An accompaniment to our statement of solidarity.  By Cerlyn Cantave, Engagement, Equity & Inclusion Associate of Children’s HealthWatch Written in 1963 at the height of segregation and the Civil Rights Movement, James Baldwin’s seminal work, The Fire Next Time, delves into both the mistreatment of Black men (with a call to channel their anger into activism), […]

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It’s Time To Prioritize The Health And Well-Being Of Black Families And Children

Dear Friends, Partners and Supporters, As health professionals, we condemn, in the strongest possible language, structural racism in all its forms. We all are witnessing the consequences of unchecked, normalized, and institutionalized racism and discrimination in our country. Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Nina Pop, and George Floyd are names in an endless list […]