Why are Pediatricians and Child Health Researchers Talking about Tax Policy?

Just over 50 years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared an “unconditional war on poverty,” with the promise that “we shall not rest until that war is won.” Throughout the […]

Making SNAP Work For Families Leaving Poverty

The holiday season is officially here and with it brings an increase in work hours for many low-income employees in the service and retail industries.  An increase in hours should […]

Of Turkeys and Taxes

I know Thanksgiving is approaching when I see the line at our hospital’s food pantry stretching down the hall and into the next building, an annual sign that holiday turkey […]

Can the Housing Vaccine Help a Community? Thinking from People to Populations

I have been traveling a lot this fall to meetings with leaders in housing development, policy, and research, and I am always struck that the housing world is starting to […]

Healing the whole child is health care innovation

When the Great Recession hit in 2008, I immediately began to worry about its impacts on the bodies of the very young patients in my Growth and Development clinic at […]

Families Need Food Assistance Reform to Reach Economic Independence

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is not just the nation’s largest nutrition assistance program, but it is also a key social infrastructure bridging the chasm separating “working hungry” families […]

This Labor Day, Let’s Remember Those Who Can’t Afford a Day Off

In a recent New York Times article, reporter Jodi Kantor describes the challenging lifestyle of Jannette Navarro, a 22-year-old single mother who is a Starbucks barista with an erratic work schedule. […]

The Lies We Tell and the Secrets We Keep

The day I decided to write this blog post was very similar to proposing marriage:  I’d already made up my mind, but I wanted my parents’ blessing. I called them […]

What do we need public money for?: Poverty and Food Insecurity in Brazil

Brazil is famous for Carnival, music, and obviously soccer! Who would imagine us holding a World Cup? So, let’s make it unforgettable! Let’s spend the most we can to show […]

The Winter that Still Refuses to End

While the exceptionally hard winter we New Englanders and many others across this nation recently experienced is fading into remote, faint memories for most of us, for others its effects […]