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SANDEL: Stable, decent, affordable homes is a Rx for healthy families

Originally published on The Patriot Ledger. Where you live as a child may be the strongest predictor of your health and has lifelong consequences. In fact, stable, decent, affordable housing is a prescription for good health, but it is out of reach for many South Shore families. Currently, the construction of single family and multi-family […]

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Mass. finally repeals welfare family cap

BOSTON – A group of advocates waited outside of the Senate Chamber in late April, as lawmakers met in formal session. Some sat on chairs and chatted with companions, while others walked back and forth in the hall, sometimes peeking through the door seam with expectant eyes. One hour later, Deborah Harris of the Massachusetts […]

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‘Our children are going to benefit from this’

Originally posted on Sentinel & Enterprise. BOSTON —A group of advocates waited outside of the Senate Chamber as lawmakers met in formal session. Some sat on chairs and chatted with companions, while others walked back and forth in the hall, sometimes peeking through the door seam with expectant eyes. One hour later, Deborah Harris of […]

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Reduction and Loss of SNAP Benefits Tied to Worse Health

Originally published on Boston University School of Public Health The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) serves as a buffer against food insecurity for millions of low-income Americans. Food insecurity and other economic hardships are associated with health, developmental, behavioral, and educational issues for children and their caregivers. The majority of SNAP participants with children have […]

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Dr. Ana Poblacion’s testimony before the Massachusetts Board of Early Education and Care

On May 14th, Dr. Ana Poblacion testified before the Massachusetts Board of Early Education and Care.

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Loss Of SNAP Is Associated With Food Insecurity And Poor Health In Working Families With Young Children

ABSTRACT: The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps working families meet their nutritional needs. Families whose earned income increases in a given month may have their SNAP benefits abruptly reduced or cut off in the following month. Using sentinel sample data from 2007–15 for families with children younger than age four, we investigated how SNAP […]

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Pathways to Stable Homes: Promoting Caregiver and Child Health Through Housing Stability

Stable homes are vital for good health. Research demonstrates children’s health improves when their families are able to live in homes they can afford without falling behind on rent, moving frequently, or experiencing homelessness. Unfortunately, Massachusetts has a shortage of affordable rental homes across the state. For every 100 families with extremely low incomes* in […]

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Some Immigrants Choose Between Food Stamps and a Green Card

Originally published on The Atlantic. Lourdes Juarez has lived in North Carolina since 2000, working part-time to help children with disabilities improve their motor skills. Originally from Mexico, she is now a lawful permanent resident of the United States with plans to apply for citizenship. After bouts of pancreatic and liver cancer left her struggling […]

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How Deputy Director of Innovative Partnerships, Rich Sheward, uses his MPP tools every day

In the video below, Heller School alum Rich Sheward explains how he uses his MPP tools every day at Children’s HealthWatch at Boston Medical Center.