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Healthy Families EITC Coalition’s Testimony To Support Massachusetts Bill S.2659 & H.4726: “An Act to Provide Equal Stimulus Checks to Immigrant Taxpayers”

On May 22nd, the Healthy Families EITC Coalition submitted a written testimony to strongly support Massachusetts Bill S.2659 & H.4726: “An Act to Provide Equal Stimulus Checks to Immigrant Taxpayers”. While the Federal CARES Act provided critical support in the form of rebates to taxpayers who have Social Security Numbers, it excluded those families in […]

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Recording of Virtual Town Hall: The (Not So) Great Equalizer: The Disparate Impact Of COVID-19 On Marginalized Communities

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A Process to Quantify the Health Impact of State Tax Policy

Originally published on The Pew Charitable Trusts. To examine the potential effects of creating a state-level earned income tax credit for low-income workers, experts in 2019 conducted a detailed health impact assessment (HIA) of a proposal before the Arkansas Legislature. The analysis of baseline health condition data in the state showed existing disparities based on […]

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‘I Know You’re Angry With Me Right Now Because You’re Hungry’

Originally published on The New York Times.  Infants and toddlers in food-insecure households were at higher risk for iron deficiency, experienced more hospitalizations and were generally in worse health than children who had enough to eat, according to data collected by Children’s HealthWatch, a network of public health researchers who study how economic conditions impact young […]

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Access to High-Quality, Affordable Child Care: Strategies to Improve Health Across Boston and the Commonwealth

Access to High-Quality, Affordable Child Care: Strategies to Improve Health Across Boston and the Commonwealth Summary of Findings Cost, location, hours, and/or availability of high-quality child care may restrict parent’s ability to work and/or further their education, a condition referred to as “child care constraints”. Children’s HealthWatch research found that parents and children in families […]

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Access to High-Quality, Affordable Child Care: Strategies to Improve Health

Access to High-Quality, Affordable Child Care: Strategies to Improve Health High-quality, nurturing, and affordable child care is essential to support children and their parents. A large body of evidence demonstrates the importance of high-quality early environments as critical determinants of school readiness, cognitive and social outcomes, and later educational and career success for children living […]

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19 Ways to Ensure Health Equity for Latinos During (and After) COVID-19

Originally published on Salud America!  Health equity is where everyone has a fair and just opportunity to live their healthiest life possible. But health inequity remains. Now the COVID-19 pandemic is worsening historical inequities, and disproportionately affecting and killing Latinos and other people of color. So what can we do? We need to both immediate focus to ease the coronavirus […]

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Pressures Rise for Food-Insecure Families As Schools Remain Closed

Originally published on BMC Healthy City.  It’s been a month since Governor Charlie Baker shuttered Massachusetts’ public schools to help slow the spread of coronavirus. Now, as tens of thousands of students in the Greater Boston area are at home with their families for the remainder of the school year, experts worry many children who […]

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Housing As A Prescription For Health, Now And In The Future

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, housing instability and homelessness were linked to poor physical and mental health outcomes for children and adults. But the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent economic crisis highlight the critical intersection between where you live and health in myriad ways. Solutions that respond to the complex nature of these interlocking issues are needed more […]

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States COVID-19 Family Policy Prescriptions

An Emergency Policy Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) State Opportunities to Address the Needs of Families With Young Children Amid Public Health and Economic Crises Key Takeaways: The COVID-19 pandemic and economic crises have placed millions of people at risk for financial instability and poor health outcomes. State and local policymakers should seek out policy […]