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‘The effects will linger’: US kids’ long-term health in jeopardy after pandemic schooling

Originally posted on USA Today News. More kids going hungry The pandemic has deprived millions of children of school-related services that normally blunt the harm caused by poverty. From March to May 2020, students missed more than 1.1 billion free or reduced-price meals that would have been provided in school. Children who experience even occasional “food insecurity” […]

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Bipartisan legislation introduced in Senate would address eviction crisis

Originally posted on Financial Regulation News. A bipartisan group of U.S. senators introduced legislation that seeks to reduce the number of evictions in the United States. The Eviction Crisis Act of 2021 – introduced by U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet (D-CO), Rob Portman (R-OH), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Todd Young (R-IN) – would address the eviction […]

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Thursday, June 24, 2021 – Watch the Recording For Our Virtual Town Hall On How Equitable Housing Improves Child and Family Health

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Children’s HealthWatch Statement on Withdrawal of Proposed Revisions by USDA and HUD

Children’s HealthWatch, a network of pediatricians and child health experts, celebrates the recent withdrawal of several previously proposed or finalized rules that threatened the health, well-being, and stability of children across the United States. Specifically, we applaud the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for taking action to revoke the proposed harmful revision of categorical […]

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New Collaboration Targets Key Boston Neighborhoods for Health Equity Initiatives

Originally posted on HealthCity. To sustain health equity, focus on specific zip codes BMC pediatrician Megan Sandel, MD, MPH, believes to move toward true, sustainable advancements in health equity, health systems must directly address the disinvestment in communities of color and work to change systems that make economic opportunities, including living-wage jobs, inaccessible for so many. “Place […]

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Comparing Food Security Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Considerations When Choosing Measures

Food insecurity (FI) is a public health issue in the US. Over the past 25 years, national prevalence of food insecurity – encompassing both low and very low food security – has been consistently over 10 percent, and very low food security alone has persisted at over 3 percent. The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic […]

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New website helps Massachusetts residents access more federal funding

Sen. Markey to speak at June 10 webinar on maximizing tax benefits BOSTON, MA — The Shah Family Foundation, in partnership with Children’s HealthWatch, Greater Boston Legal Services, Massachusetts Association for Community Action (MASSCAP), and the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI), today launched a new centralized website called FindYourFunds.org to help Massachusetts residents access available […]

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Children’s HealthWatch Comment on the Supplemental Poverty Measure NASEM

Children’s HealthWatch appreciates the opportunity to comment on potential changes being considered in the 2021 review of the Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM). Headquartered at Boston Medical Center, we are a nonpartisan network of pediatricians, public health researchers, and children’s health and policy experts committed to improving children’s health in America. We do that by collecting […]

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A Hungry Child’s First Thousand Days

Originally posted on the Washington Monthly. Dr. Megan Sandel, a pediatrician, experiences a troubling revelation whenever she sees a patient in the Boston Medical Center’s Grow Clinic. The clinic seems like a normal health-care facility in an advanced country, she notes: a waiting room, a medical assistant taking a child to be weighed and measured […]

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Allowing Steady Savings by Eliminating Tests (ASSET) Act of 2021

Originally published on Coons.Senate.Gov. “We know that children thrive when their families are able to afford basic needs today and save for a better future tomorrow. Removing asset limits in programs means knocking down barriers for families so children stay healthy and are able to reach their highest potential.” – Dr. Megan Sandel, pediatrician and […]