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Children’s HealthWatch’s Testimony To Support Massachusetts Bill H.4878/S.2831: “An Act To Guarantee Housing Stability During The COVID-19 Emergency And Recovery”

On July 28th, Children’s HealthWatch submitted a written testimony to strongly support Massachusetts Bill H.4878/S.2831: “An Act to guarantee housing stability during the COVID-19 emergency and recovery”. This unprecedented crisis requires strong action to protect residents, safeguard the health and well-being of families with children, and set the stage for a strong and equitable economic […]

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Children’s HealthWatch’s Testimony To Support Massachusetts Bill: “Lift Kids Out of Deep Poverty (House 102, Senate 36)”

On July 21st, Children’s HealthWatch submitted a written testimony to strongly support Massachusetts Bill: “Lift Kids Out of Deep Poverty (House 102, Senate 36)”. House 102 and Senate 36 would raise grants by 10% each year until they reach Deep Poverty – half of the federal poverty level. We must do at least this for our […]

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Five New Studies to Probe Pandemic’s Impact on Vulnerable Urban Populations

Originally published on The Brink. How is COVID-19 impacting Boston’s young families? Megan Sandel, BU School of Medicine (MED) associate professor of pediatrics and School of Public Health (SPH) associate professor of environmental health, and Deborah A. Frank, MED professor of pediatrics and SPH assistant professor of community health sciences Children aren’t COVID-19’s usual victims—medically. But […]

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Loaves And Fishes: Nutrition’s Impact On Children

Originally published on Positively Naperville. Since the onset of COVID-19, food insecurity has increased dramatically. The U.S. Food Security Scale states that one in five families with children under the age of six struggles to provide enough food to lead active, healthy lives and are food insecure. Currently, 64% of clients that receive food at Loaves […]

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Housing Is Health: A Renewed Call for Federal Investments in Affordable Housing for Families With Children

Originally published on Opportunity Starts at Home. On June 30, partners of the Opportunity Starts at Home campaign published a new peer-reviewed commentary inAcademic Pediatrics that calls on pediatricians to advocate for more robust and equitable affordable housing investments.  Authored by experts at the National Low Income Housing Coalition and Children’s HealthWatch, the commentary highlights the decades of […]

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Why more renters are being evicted in the middle of the pandemic

Originally published on PBS News Hour. Transcript: William Brangham: What’s pushing many renters over that edge is the economic fallout from the pandemic. One recent survey found up to a third of all renters weren’t able to pay rent in April. That’s causing housing advocates to warn of what they see as a worst-case scenario, […]

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Barriers to Food Access in Latinx Community, Point to Deep Systemic Inequities and Discrimination

Only Further Exacerbated by the COVID-19 Pandemic, Researchers Report Association Between Experiences of Discrimination with Food Insecurity among East Boston Latinx Community. Alongside These Challenges, Findings Illuminate Strong Social Bonds Families May Draw Support from in Times of Crisis. BOSTON (July 7, 2020) — Children’s HealthWatch, a non-partisan research and policy network headquartered at Boston […]

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The State of Hunger in Massachusetts

Dear Reader,  We began this research in October 2019 in an effort to better understand how significant — or insignificant — a role systemic barriers, institutional racism, and discrimination played into a community’s experience of food insecurity. Despite being one of the wealthiest states in one of the wealthiest nations in the world, food insecurity […]

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The Fire This Time

An accompaniment to our statement of solidarity.  By Cerlyn Cantave, Engagement, Equity & Inclusion Associate of Children’s HealthWatch Written in 1963 at the height of segregation and the Civil Rights Movement, James Baldwin’s seminal work, The Fire Next Time, delves into both the mistreatment of Black men (with a call to channel their anger into activism), […]

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Housing is health: A renewed call for federal housing investments in affordable housing for families with children

Decades of research demonstrate the importance of a safe, stable, affordable home as a foundation for health beginning in the prenatal period and extending over the life course. 1 Unfortunately, in the United States today, millions of children face housing circumstances that harm their health and, as a result, increase unnecessary health care utilization. 2 […]