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Children’s HealthWatch’s Public Comment To Oppose HUD’s Changes To Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing

On Friday, March 13, Children’s HealthWatch submitted a public comment on the Department of Housing Urban Development’s (HUD) proposed rule on “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing”. The evidence on the connection between housing and health is clear: when children live in quality, stable homes their families can afford in neighborhoods with ready access to opportunity, they […]

Letter to Congress to Urge Including Emergency Assistance Funding in Coronavirus Response

On March 12, the Opportunity Starts at Home (OSAH) campaign sent a letter to Majority Leader McConnell, Minority Leader Schumer, Speaker Pelosi, and Minority Leader McCarthy urging them to include emergency assistance funding to help prevent housing instability and homelessness as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.  This letter was sent to congressional leadership as […]

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Letter to Department of State on the Final Rule, “Visas: Temporary Visitors for Business or Pleasure”

On March 9th, Children’s HealthWatch sent a letter to Secretary Pompeo to express our deepest alarm with the Department of State’s (“the Department”) recent final rule, “Visas: Temporary Visitors for Business or Pleasure” published on January 24, 2020, with no opportunity for public comment. As pediatricians, public health researchers, and child health and policy experts, […]

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Associations Between Federal Rental Housing Assistance and Childhood Asthma—A Renewed Call for Investing in Housing for Health

In this issue of JAMA Pediatrics, the findings of Boudreaux et al1 suggest that federal rental assistance for families with low incomes may be important for reducing emergency department visits for asthma. This study adds to the increasing body of research on the ways in which housing assistance is associated with health and has implications for housing […]

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Children’s HealthWatch And Founder Dr. Deborah Frank Receive National Anti-Hunger Advocacy Award

WASHINGTON, March 3, 2020 — The Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) awarded the Dr. Raymond Wheeler/Senator Paul Wellstone Anti-Hunger Advocacy Leadership Award to Children’s HealthWatch, headquartered at Boston Medical Center, and its founder and principal investigator, Deborah Frank, MD. The award was presented during the 2020 National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference, held in Washington, D.C. from March […]

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Health Starts at Home Interim Findings

Health Starts at Home has been a five-year initiative hosted by the Boston Foundation to bring together housing and health-care organizations to pilot new approaches that focus on the active benefits of stable, affordable housing on children’s health outcomes. Health Starts at Home has supported partnerships among housing and health-care organizations with the goal of: […]

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Should Physicians ‘Prescribe’ Housing for the Homeless?

Originally published on Medscape. Megan Sandel, MD, MPH, a pediatrician at Boston Medical Center (BMC) in Massachusetts, told Medscape Medical News, “I do believe that housing is a prescription for health. I believe, though, that the [entity that needs] to stock the pharmacy for housing is really the federal government.” She said creating partnerships across federal, […]

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Campaign pushes to make housing a priority for homeless

Originally published on Arkansas Catholic. WASHINGTON — For years, Dominican Sister Donna Markham, president and CEO of Catholic Charities USA, has said it’s a scandal that millions of American families are struggling to find a stable place to live. She knows how housing costs are soaring, forcing families and individuals to cut back on other […]

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Dr. Megan Sandel Interviewed By BBC Radio

On February 5th, Dr. Megan Sandel, Co-Lead Principal Investigator at Children’s HealthWatch, was interviewed by BBC Radio’s Rod Sharp on homeless students reaching a new high in the United States.