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Investing today to create a more productive workforce tomorrow

In 2012, I was introduced to the work of Children’s HealthWatch as part of a volunteer strategic consulting team. My fellow Yale MBA colleagues and I spent months reviewing their […]

Witnesses to Hunger and Dispatch Hunger

Juell Frazier spoke at a DISPATCH concert to raise awareness of hunger in America.

Earned Income Tax Credit Advocacy

Quanda Burrell featured in Boston Globe article highlighting the benefits of the Earned Income Tax Credit. Quanda Burrell also submitted testimony to increase the state Earned Income Tax Credit in Massachusetts.

Ripple effect: Supporting children with special health care needs through improved family- focused policies

As a clinician who has worked for many years with families with children with special needs, I see parents who try, like all parents, to provide for all their family […]

What about the fathers and how can we help?

Today, most families are no longer the traditional model of “family” – a mother and father with 2.5 kids and a dog with a home-cooked meal on the table every […]

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 […]