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Homelessness During Infancy: Associations With Infant and Maternal Health and Hardship Outcomes

Abstract • Objective: Homelessness among children is correlated with developmental delays, fair or poor health, and high healthcare utilization (AAP, 2013). Associations of homelessness specifically among infants younger than 12 months, however, are unknown. This study evaluates homelessness during infancy as a risk for adverse infant and maternal health and hardship. • Methods: From May […]

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Why Boston Medical Center Is Investing In Housing

Chuck Gyukeri is a Navy vet who was homeless back in 2009, and has been living in subsidized apartments ever since. Now supported by disability benefits and Section 8 vouchers, he lives in a small, street-level apartment on the back corner of a handsome brownstone near Fields Corner, in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood. The inside of […]

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Better than this: U.S. border policy inhumane

About four years ago my friend Allen, an internal medicine doctor in New York who runs the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture, called me because he needed a pediatrician to go with him and a small group of advocates to visit Artesia, N.M. I asked, “Why Artesia?” He told me there was a military […]

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SNAP: Building a Healthy Foundation Today and Tomorrow

In this report, “SNAP: Building a Healthy Foundation Today and Tomorrow,” we highlight SNAP’s impact on health throughout the lifespan, the staggering avoidable health- and education-related costs of food insecurity across the nation, recent research linking SNAP participation and reduced health care expenditures, state and national level data documenting better educational outcomes associated with SNAP, and […]

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Children’s HealthWatch Statement on Family Separation

Children’s HealthWatch is a nonpartisan network of pediatricians, public health researchers, and children’s health and policy experts. We adamantly oppose the cruel and inhumane process of separating children from their parents at the border currently being employed by US Government agencies. We urge in the strongest terms possible that the separations be discontinued immediately, and […]

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The Power of One

“I am only one, but I am one. I can’t do everything, but I can do something. The something I ought to do, I can do.”  -Edward Everett Hale This sentiment by author Edward Everett Hale has guided many of my steps in life, particularly around volunteerism and non-profit work:  In 1985, I began a […]

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20 Years of Informing Policies to Improve Child Health

Sitting in a conference room in Washington D.C. twenty years ago, my clinical colleagues, Drs. Diana Cutts, Patrick Casey, Carol Berkowitz, and Maureen Black, and I shared disturbing and tragic stories of the consequences of the 1996 welfare reform on the health of children. I told them of a child at Boston City Hospital (now […]

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Children’s HealthWatch’s Statement on Executive Order to Cut People off Assistance Programs

President Trump’s executive order directing agencies, including the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Department of Health and Human Services, to propose policy changes that cut people off of federal assistance programs will harm the health and well-being of our nation’s youngest citizens and their families. This proposal is […]

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Hunger-fighting initiatives collide with GOP push to cut SNAP

In Virginia, one pediatrician tweaked electronic health record billing codes so Medicaid and private insurers are paying for patients’ trips to food banks. In California, Colorado, Massachusetts and Vermont, variant comprehensive models of getting payers involved in setting standards for dealing with food insecurity are underway or already up and running. But the mounting push […]

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Children’s HealthWatch Statement on the 2018 House Farm Bill

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is our nation’s first line of defense against hunger and food insecurity. A strong SNAP in the Farm Bill is necessary for optimal child and family health. However, based on research from Children’s HealthWatch and from others, the proposed changes-specifically changes to Broad Based Categorical Eligibility, Heat and Eat, […]