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Home Is Where Health Is: A Stable, Affordable Home Is a Prescription for Good Health

As Children’s HealthWatch regularly demonstrates to policymakers, opinion leaders, and the public: a stable, affordable home is a prescription for good health. Unfortunately, that prescription is out of reach for tens of millions of people. At the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), we work to ensure that the lowest income people in the United […]

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Health and stable housing: Taking preventative medicine to the next level

Originally published on The Boston Globe. Facing skyrocketing rents, the phrase “worried sick” is taking on a literal meaning for low-income families who struggle month to month to keep a roof over their head. That’s why the announcement last week that three big Boston hospitals — Boston Medical Center, Brigham and Women’s, and Boston Children’s […]

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With $3M investment, Boston hospitals treat housing instability as a health issue

Originally published on Boston Business Journal. Three Boston hospitals are working to address housing instability, investing a combined $3 million to keep people from being evicted and plan future affordable housing projects. Boston Medical Center, Boston Children’s Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital announced the Innovative Stable Housing Initiative, a three-year program intended to fund creative solutions to housing […]

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90,000 in Mass. could be affected by Trump’s callous food-stamp cuts

Originally published on The Boston Globe. Not too long ago, food stamps enjoyed bipartisan support in Washington. After all, it’s hard to argue with a program that keeps the poorest Americans fed — and the fact that American grocery retailers also benefit from the extra business only cemented its popular appeal. When he left office, former president […]

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Island embraces Food Is Medicine state plan

Originally published on The Martha Vineyard’s Times. If nutritious food prevents chronic disease and promotes long-term health, why shouldn’t it be included in our healthcare plans? That’s the notion behind Food Is Medicine, a Massachusetts coalition dedicated to increasing access to vital nutrition services for every community in the commonwealth. The coalition, which stems from […]

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Health Impact Assessment of Creating a State-Level Refundable Earned Income Tax Credit in Arkansas

Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families and Children’s HealthWatch have conducted the following Health Impact Assessment to estimate the potential health-related impacts of creating a state-level, refundable Earned Income Tax Credit for the approximately 300,000 qualifying low-income Arkansas households. This Health Impact Assessment also identifies appropriate actions to manage those effects.

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Children’s Healthwatch’s Testimony for Two Bills in Massachusetts Related To Improving the EITC and Supporting Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Sites

On July 23rd, Children’s HealthWatch submitted a testimony to Chairman Hinds, Chairman Cusack, and members of the Joint Committee on Revenue. 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 working families with young children. We write in strong […]

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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 […]