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Investments Needed to Strengthen and Protect Safety Net Programs for Child and Family Health as Data Reveal a Rise in Food Insecurity Rates

In late October, the United States Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service released their annual report revealing an alarming increase in food insecurity across all household types from 2021 to […]

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Expanding tax credit will make Massachusetts a leader in family policy again

Originally posted on Commonwealth Magazine.  MASSACHUSETTS CONSISTENTLY ranks as the top state to raise a family. The reason is simple: our family policies – from paid leave and childcare to […]

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Massachusetts FY2024 budget makes key investments in children and families

On Aug 9, Governor Healey signed Massachusetts’ state budget for fiscal year (FY) 2024. The $56 million budget includes historic investments in several areas including early childhood education, child nutrition, […]

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Do Housing Affordability and Supply Challenges Need a Justice Lens?

Originally posted on Boston Univeresity School of Public Health Research News.  It is not news to anyone that rents are escalating again in many cities, including Boston, and these high costs […]

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Mass. lawmakers, pass House’s more generous Child and Family Tax Credit

Originally published on The Boston Globe. Re “The Legislature should stop dithering on tax relief” (Editorial, July 5): As state legislators look to act fast on their long-awaited tax relief package, […]

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Families facing poverty should not be hostages of a debt limit accord

Originally published on The Boston Globe. The article “No debt limit deal; but both sides signal optimism” (Page A1, May 17) reported on the countdown taking place in Washington as […]

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Eviction Solutions Require Cross-Sector Policy

Originally posted on Public Health Post. Eviction is a serious public health problem. Contributing factors include lack of affordable housing, gentrification, and racial and ethnic discrimination. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, 3.6 […]

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How to Help Patients Who Are Losing SNAP Benefits

Originally posted on MedPage Today. We often say that our patients are our teachers. As a pediatrician (Megan Sandel, MD) at Boston Medical Center, New England’s largest safety net hospital, […]

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Rolling back SNAP benefits puts millions of children at risk of hunger and long-term health consequences

Originally posted on STAT News. At our pediatric clinic, we recently saw a child whose mother lost her job during the pandemic working as a caterer. The mother struggled to […]

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Data Tells a Story: Here’s Ours

From a young age, we realize that numbers hold significance. They can be used to measure wealth (or the lack thereof), note the passage of time from one scant second […]