Children’s HealthWatch Applauds the USDA’s Re-Evaluation of the Thrifty Food Plan

Children’s HealthWatch applauds the USDA’s re-evaluation of the Thrifty Food Plan. As a network of pediatricians and public health researchers, Children’s HealthWatch commends the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for its commitment to making evidence-based decisions in its recent re-evaluation of the Thrifty Food Plan (TFP).  The TFP is the cost basis for the […]


Richard Sheward is running to raise money for Children’s HealthWatch

Originally posted on Boston.com. In our “Why I’m Running” series, Boston Marathon runners share what’s inspiring them to make the 26.2-mile trek from Hopkinton to Boston. If you’re running the marathon, you can share your #WhyImRunningBoston story here. Name: Richard Sheward Age: 35 From: Brookline, Mass. While there are many reasons why I’m running the 2021 Boston Marathon, the […]


The American Rescue Plan Act, A Critical Opportunity To Improve Child And Family Health

Originally posted on Health Affairs Blog. The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) provides a critical opportunity to improve child and family health and well-being by reducing the poverty and food insecurity that too many families, especially families of color, experience. The ARPA expands the benefits and eligibility of the income support programs, the Child Tax […]


Written Testimony to the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Housing

On August 12th, Children’s HealthWatch submitted testimony in support of H.1434/S.891: “An Act to prevent COVID-19 evictions and foreclosures and promote an equitable housing recovery”.  Currently, the state has an opportunity to prevent evictions and improve the health of young children and their families by enacting H.1434/S.891. This bill – which protects tenants and homeowners […]


The 23 year marathon

On October 11, 2021, I will take part in the 125th Boston Marathon alongside 20,000 fellow runners. Why am I doing this? The reasons are many, but the one that matters most to me is being able to raise money for the amazing organization I work for, Children’s HealthWatch at Boston Medical Center. I’ve been […]


The Toll on Children’s Health during COVID-19

Originally posted on Bostonia. Slammed by Twin Pandemics For caregivers at the Grow Clinic at Boston Medical Center (BMC) treating children identified as “failure to thrive” for lack of adequate nutrition, the pandemic has been a wrenching period without precedent. The clinic’s caseload soared 40 percent, with new referrals arriving in a more dire state than usual—some […]


Children’s HealthWatch Comments on Advancing Racial Justice and Equity and Support for Underserved Communities at USDA

On July 15, Children HealthWatch submitted comments to USDA regarding its plan to advance racial justice and equity. We elaborate on ways to identify and eliminate barriers in USDA programs and services, and suggest strategies that would allow USDA to establish and maintain connections to a more diverse set of stakeholders representing underserved communities. Additionally, […]

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What Boston Needs To Know About The Child Tax Credit Payments

Originally posted on WBUR. The first monthly child tax credit payments are going out today, and the IRS estimates that roughly 39 million households, which covers around 88% of children in the country, will receive the credit. But what about the families who won’t receive a check? We talk with Dr. Megan Sandel, a pediatrician […]


The money could transform their lives. But thousands of eligible kids may not get the new child tax credit

Originally posted on the Boston Globe. Local groups are working hard to make the process easier. At their urging, the IRS recently introduced a ”non-filers portal” where people who do not file taxes can register to receive the credit. Even that “could really be simplified,” said Allison Bovell-Ammon, director of policy strategy at BMC’s Children’s […]


Children’s HealthWatch Response to OMB Request for Information on Methods and Leading Practices for Advancing Equity and Support for Underserved Communities through Government

On July 6, Children HealthWatch submitted a comment on the Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President’s Request for Information, “Methods and Leading Practices for Advancing Equity and Support for Underserved Communities through Government” published in the Federal Register on May 5, 2021. We provide supporting materials and respond to Area 1 […]