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Children’s HealthWatch Submits a Comment in Opposition to a Proposed Federal Rule That Would Rollback Nutrition Standards of School Meals

On December 23rd, Children HealthWatch submitted a comment in response to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) Proposed Rule, “Restoration of Milk, Whole Grains, and Sodium Flexibilities” published in the Federal Register on November 25th. At a time of unprecedented food insecurity rates and health disparities, our nation’s children […]

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A First Look at Preliminary Children’s HealthWatch COVID-19 Survey Data

High Levels of Household Food Insecurity Persist among Families in Boston, Massachusetts during the COVID-19 Pandemic Key Takeaways In Metro Boston, rates of household food insecurity have persisted at high levels among Children’s HealthWatch families. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, preliminary data show 38.5 percent of families with very young children were food insecure. Federal, state, […]

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“The Science, Practice and Narrative of Thriving Families”: BMC Pediatrics Awarded Grant to Support Joint Efforts of the Center and Children’s HealthWatch

Originally published on Boston Medical Center. In May 2020, the Department of Pediatrics was awarded a three-year grant from The JPB Foundation. Together, Children’s HealthWatch and the Center for the Urban Child and Healthy Family are implementing a three-pronged approach—coordinating across research, practice innovation and community narrative building—to support families’ ability to thrive. Children’s HealthWatch […]

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Children’s HealthWatch Submits a Letter to the Massachusetts Legislature Conference Committee on FY21 Budget Negotiations

On November 23rd, Children HealthWatch submitted a letter to Massachusetts legislators, Representative Aaron Michelwitz, Senator Michael J. Rodrigues, Representative Denise Garlick, Senator Cindy Friedman, Representative Todd Smola, and Senator Patrick M͘ O͛ Connor. We urged them to include several provisions in the FY21 budget that are critical to promoting the health and well-being of children […]

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Coronavirus Means School Food is Free. What if it Stayed That Way?

Originally published on Ozy. Worry is an early symptom of what those who monitor hunger refer to as “food insecurity,” a spectrum that begins with a person’s concern that they won’t be able to buy food and extends to reduced or missed meals, or “very low food security” in the USDA parlance. “Food insecurity, it […]

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Public health officials fear evictions could worsen COVID-19 spike in Mass.

Originally published on The Boston Globe. “The people who are struggling to pay rent could be your grocery worker, your delivery worker, your cleaner, your parent’s home care worker,” said Karen Chen, executive director of the Chinese Progressive Association. “You want them to be healthy. You want them to have a safe and healthy place […]

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Children’s HealthWatch Statement in Response To Recent Discriminatory Rules

In the midst of a pandemic and economic crisis that has exacerbated and exposed inequities across our nation, the Trump Administration has finalized two discriminatory and racist rules that will further harm communities of color and our nation’s immigrants. These rules – which include changes to the Fair Housing Act’s disparate impact standard, and resumed […]

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Children’s HealthWatch Submits a Comment in Opposition of a Proposed Federal Rule That Would Change the Affidavit of Support Policy

On November 11th, Children HealthWatch submitted a comment in response to the proposed rulemaking that would change the Affidavit of Support policy. The proposed change would disregard immigrant sponsors’ incomes and require them to have a joint sponsor if they or a member of their household member have used public benefits – including Medicaid, CHIP, […]

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Massachusetts leaders must deliver relief to poor families now

Originally published on The Boston Globe. As people across Massachusetts inch toward the ninth month of their coronavirus experience, it’s often difficult to remember what life was like before it all began. While we continue to face this unprecedented public health crisis, we’re also facing the devastating impact it’s had on our local and national […]

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Families Need Congress to Prioritize Economic Relief: 5 Measures to Promote Child and Family Health

In the wake of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, we are disheartened to see the Senate’s swift movement to confirm a replacement to the Supreme Court while continuing to leave negotiations on a bipartisan COVID relief package stalled and families struggling. Millions of people across the country have lost income as a result […]