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Senator Warren and Representative Lawson Introduce the College Student Hunger Act of 2019 to Address Hunger on College Campuses

Originally published on Warren.Senate.Gov. More than 30% of college students might face food insecurity, and almost 2 million at-risk students did not receive SNAP benefits in 2016, even though they were eligible; Legislation would ensure support to food-insecure students and remove barriers to low-income college students accessing SNAP benefits by expanding the eligibility criteria. Washington, […]

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Constructing Invisible Walls through National and Global Policy

Worldwide 37,000 people are forced to flee their homes every day due to conflict and persecution. The factors that lead people to leave their home countries often originate with economic deprivation and violence, escalated to a level that becomes a struggle for survival. Climate change, as it has accelerated over the last three to four […]

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Children’s Healthwatch’s Testimony in Support of Several Bills in Massachusetts Related to the DTA, Children and Families, Homelessness, Two Generational Approaches and the Cliff Effect

On July 16th, Children’s HealthWatch submitted a testimony to Chairwoman Chang-Diaz, Chairwoman Khan, and members of the Massachusetts Legislature’s Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities. Currently, the state has opportunities to improve the health of young children and reduce economic hardship by enacting legislation that responds to the realities of families with […]

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Children’s Healthwatch’s Testimony in Support of Three Bills in Massachusetts That Would Protect Families Either Facing an Eviction or Having Already Experienced Eviction

On July 16th, Children’s HealthWatch submitted a testimony to Chairman Eldridge, Chairwoman Cronin, and members of the Massachusetts Legislature’s Joint Committee on the Judiciary. Currently, the state has opportunities to improve the health of young children by enacting legislation that responds to the housing needs of families with young children by reducing risk of evictions, […]

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Housing Instability Among Families With Young Children With Special Health Care Needs

 Video Abstract BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Children with special health care needs (SHCNs) have significant medical and educational expenses affecting household finances. Housing instability can be detrimental to family well-being. Our objective was to evaluate housing instability in households of children with and without SHCNs. METHODS: Cross-sectional surveys (2013–2017) in English and Spanish of caregivers with children […]

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SSI Protects Families with Special Healthcare Needs from Housing Insecurity

Originally published on HealthCity. A lack of stable housing, which includes circumstances such as falling behind on rent and mortgage payments, moving frequently, or experiencing homelessness, negatively affects a family’s health and wellbeing. While the roots are varied, money and income are often at the core of housing instability. The unique medical, educational, and other expenses of […]

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The Foundation to Thrive:  Connecting The Importance of Safe, Stable Homes with the Health and Wellbeing of Families and Children

Given the importance of promoting solutions that ensure all children live in stable homes, Children’s HealthWatch partnered with Mission Partners to develop an advocacy toolkit that makes a compelling connection between the importance of safe, stable homes with the health and wellbeing of children and their families. Though the connection between housing, mental health and […]

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Housing Instability Among Families with Young Children with Special Health Care Needs

 BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Children with special health care needs (SHCNs) have significant medical and educational expenses affecting household finances. Housing instability can be detrimental to family well-being. Our objective was to evaluate housing instability in households of children with and without SHCNs. METHODS: Cross-sectional surveys (2013–2017) in English and Spanish of caregivers with children […]

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Allison Bovell-Ammon’s Testimony Before the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Health Care Financing in Support of the Bill to Close the Snap Gap

On May 28th, Allison Bovell-Ammon, Deputy Director of Policy Strategy, testified before the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Health Care Financing in support of the Senate Bill 678 and House Bill 1173, “An Act improving public health through a common application for core food, health and safety-net programs”. Passing this bill will help close the ‘SNAP […]

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Prenatal Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children Participation: A Step Toward Human Capital Development

This JAMA Pediatrics editorial focuses on the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program, evaluations of the program before and after the 2009 food package revisions, and a new JAMA Pediatrics quasi-experimental study by Hamad et al that looks at whether the revised 2009 WIC food package improved perinatal and birth […]