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The Hunger Vital Sign Identifies Household Food Insecurity Among Children in Emergency Departments and Primary Care

This study aimed: (1) to examine the sensitivity and specificity of the 2-item Hunger Vital Sign against the 18-item Household Food Security Survey Module (HFSSM) in identifying young children in food insecure households in emergency department and primary care sites and (2) to examine associations between food insecurity and adverse health conditions. We conducted cross-sectional […]

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Children’s HealthWatch’s Public Comment To Oppose HUD’s Rule Change Of The Fair Housing Act’s Disparate Impact Standard

On October 16th, Children’s HealthWatch submitted a public comment on the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Notice of Public Rule Making (NPRM) for “HUD’s Implementation of the Fair Housing Act’s Disparate Impact Standard” published on August 19, 2019. We strongly oppose the rule change that will threaten the health and well-being of protected […]

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Regional Differences in Food Prices Highlight Inadequacy of SNAP Benefits

A new study affirms SNAP’s positive association with better health outcomes, but reveals regional gaps in its value. CONTEXT   |   Food insecurity during childhood jeopardizes children’s long-term mental and physical health. Studies have stressed ties between childhood food insecurity and a range of issues, including lower academic achievement, depressive or anxious symptoms, as well as chronic physical health problems. The Supplemental […]

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Health Starts at Home

As the Care Coordinator for Housing Prescriptions as Health Care, I see firsthand the resilience of families and the importance of housing stability on a daily basis. A partnership between Children’s HealthWatch, Project Hope, MLPB (formerly Medical-Legal Partnership Boston), the Boston Housing Authority, and Nuestra Comunidad, Housing Prescriptions offers support and resources with housing matters, […]

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Podcast: Maureen Black on Lasting Impact of Food Insecurity on Children

It is well known, and has been for many years, how prevalent food insecurity is in the US and elsewhere. People are especially moved when they think of children who are malnourished. Our guest Dr Maureen Black is one of the world’s leading experts on nutrition and its impact on the health and development of […]

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New federal report surprises: Philadelphia poverty down, income up

Philadelphia’s poverty rate, a stark and stubborn indicator of hard times that has long hindered the city’s reputation, dropped to its lowest level since 2008 — near the start of the recession. At the same time, median household income here rose. The findings, contained in a voluminous report from the U.S. Census Bureau released Thursday, […]

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SNAP and Working Families: Solutions for Good Health

Summary of Findings: The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides nutritional support for income-eligible families, most of whom have working adults. However, as families increase their income, they may experience a reduction or loss of SNAP benefits that leaves them with fewer overall resources. Children’s HealthWatch research demonstrated that working families that increased their income […]

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SNAP, Young Children’s Health, and Family Food Security and Healthcare Access

Introduction: The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the largest nutrition assistance program in the U.S. This study’s objective was to examine the associations between SNAP participation and young children’s health and development, caregiver health, and family economic hardships. Methods: Cross-sectional data from 2006 to 2016 were analyzed in 2017 for families with children aged […]

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Children’s HealthWatch’s Public Comment To Oppose the Proposed Changes to Categorical Eligibility in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

On September 16th, Children’s HealthWatch submitted a public comment on the Food and Nutrition Service’s (FNS) Notice of Public Rule Making (NPRM) for “Revision of Categorical Eligibility in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)” published on July 24, 2019. We strongly oppose the proposed changes because decades of evidence show this rule will threaten the […]

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Weighing the Toll of Food Insecurity

Food insecurity isn’t directly tied to obesity among young children from low-income families – but it is linked to poor overall health, a new study indicates. Food-insecure households lack consistent access to enough food for an active and healthy life, and the effects on children can be serious. Previous research indicates food-insecure children may be at greater risk of […]