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 […]

Food is Medicine: Why Community Eligibility is a Prescription for Hunger-Free Schools

As pediatricians we often say one of the best prescriptions we can write is for food. We know food is medicine. Ensuring that children of all ages have enough healthy […]

Listening to stories, documenting the need for change: Interviewing mothers in the Emergency Department

As Research Assistants for Children’s HealthWatch, our job is to conduct interviews in the Pediatric Emergency Department (ED) at Boston Medical Center with parents, predominantly mothers, of very young children. […]

Mothers’ hopes and dreams – keeping our children safe, fed and housed

As a mother of two beautiful young girls, nothing brings me greater joy than seeing the smiles on their faces. They keep me going even when things in life are […]

Modern Day Canaries in the Coal Mine: Rising Food Insecurity among Boston Families

Despite the nation’s continued anemic recovery from the Great Recession, Boston, Massachusetts has a strong reputation as a thriving urban hub for innovation in education, healthcare, scientific research and global […]

Healthy Little Mouths – why we care about oral health for the youngest patients

I often meet families in our clinic at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis when their child is seen for a pre-operative exam prior to dental care under anesthesia. In […]