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COD’s Dialogue Over Distance Presents ‘Housing Is Health Care’

Originally published on Medscape. According to a recent study published in the journal “Pediatrics,” crowded housing, frequent relocations and homelessness exacerbate children’s pre-existing health conditions and the family’s overall stress level. Another study from Children’s HealthWatch shows that when families don’t have stable housing, their risk of struggling with poor health outcomes and material hardships—such […]

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Pediatricians: How to Help Families Get the New Child Allowance

Originally published on Medscape. With the stroke of a pen, President Biden signed into law a provision in the American Rescue Plan that will lift nearly 10 million children above or closer to the poverty line this year. The expansion of the Child Tax Credit (CTC) into a child allowance is not only a significant step toward ensuring that […]

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Ayanna Pressley, Elizabeth Warren to Headline Forum on Antiracism as Health Policy

Originally published on BU Today. Today’s panel discussion will be moderated by Kimberly Atkins (COM’98, LAW’98), Boston Globe senior opinion writer and member of the paper’s editorial board, and will feature Stephanie Ettinger de Cuba, executive director of Children’s HealthWatch; Megan Sandel (SPH’02,’03), a School of Medicine associate professor of pediatrics; Kaye-Alese Green, a MED diversity and inclusion fellow and a […]

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Podcast: Hunger in America – Part 2

Originally published on Two Reporters. When you see students across the nation struggling with learning and behavioral problems, it could be partly because their families can’t afford enough good food. Dr. Megan Sandel has a bold idea: give them more money.

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Screening Discordance and Characteristics of Patients With Housing-Related Social Risks

Introduction Healthcare systems are increasingly interested in identifying patients’ housing-related risks, but minimal information exists to inform screening question selection. The primary study aim is to evaluate discordance among 5 housing-related screening questions used in health care. Methods This was a cross-sectional multisite survey of social risks used in a convenience sample of adults seeking […]

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Children’s HealthWatch Statement on ARPA and Public Charge

Children’s HealthWatch applauds the recent passage of the American Rescue Plan Act and celebrates the withdrawal of federal appeals and subsequent vacatur of the harmful Department of Homeland Security (DHS) 2019 public charge rule. Together, these actions ensure families have resources necessary to afford basic needs and signal a strong commitment to expanding and restoring […]

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Thoughts and Prayers Aren’t Enough: We Need to Stop Deluding Ourselves About Racism

This past weekend has seen numerous protests, vigils and calls for action in response to the recent attacks on Asian Americans and immigrants,  including the tragic killings of eight people, six of them Asian women, in three Atlanta spas. While families and friends are mourning the loss of their loved ones, they must also contend with the […]

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Children’s HealthWatch Statement on Recent Attacks on the AAPI Community

Children’s HealthWatch strongly condemns attacks on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders – including the recent tragic killings of eight people, six of them Asian women, in Atlanta.  These recent attacks on Asian Americans and immigrants serve as yet another grim reminder of the pervasiveness of white supremacy and structural racism. Xenophobic and racially charged rhetoric […]

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Get Konnected! Announces List of Most Impactful Black Women in Boston

Children’s HealthWatch is so proud of our Advisory Board members, Charlotte Golar-Richie and Karen Charles Peterson, for being named as two of Get Konnected!’s 2021 ‘Boston’s Most Impactful Black Women’ in the Boston Pioneers and Law, Politics, and Public Sector categories, respectively.