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Between a rock and a hard place: Why the US child care system is broken, and how we can start to fix it

“I can’t get a job if I can’t afford day care,” Alex explains to a caseworker while bouncing her two-year-old daughter on her lap. “I need a job to prove that I need day care in order to get a job?” she follows up, as the caseworker explains that an application for a child care […]

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Validation of an Abbreviated Child and Adult Food Security Scale (ACAFSS)

Originally presented at the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy “25 Years of Food Security Measurement” Conference. Food insecurity is a national public health issue, affecting 14.8% of US households with children. Because food insecurity negatively impacts the physical and mental health of children and their parents, it is crucial to monitor and […]

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Letter to the House Committee on Rules

On March 28, 2022, Children’s HealthWatch submitted a letter to Chairman McGovern, Ranking Member Cole, and distinguished members of the House Committee on Rules in support of the White House Conference on Food, Nutrition, Hunger, and Health. Our nearly 25 years of research at Children’s HealthWatch strongly supports robust efforts to reduce food insecurity as […]

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One tool to help create affordable housing — real estate transfer fees

Originally posted on The Boston Globe. The open market has never had a viable mechanism to resolve the problem of escalating housing prices and rampant real estate speculation. For too long, affordable homes have been out of reach for people across the Commonwealth. But a tool exists that can help communities solve this persistent problem: a […]

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Children’s HealthWatch Comments on USPSTF Draft Research Plan: Preventive Services for Food Insecurity

On March 23, 2022, Children’s HealthWatch submitted comments to the USPSTF Coordinator on the Draft Research Plan for “Preventive Services for Food Insecurity.” The commentary addresses 5 proposed key questions, 7 proposed contextual questions, and the proposed research approach in the plan.

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Residents of color disproportionately hit by evictions after moratorium expired, says new report

Originally posted on WBUR. Megan Sandel, a physician who serves as co-director of Boston Medical Center’s Grow Clinic for Children, cautioned Tuesday that housing displacement can spiral into years of lingering health effects. Evictions, she said, “really alter people’s life courses in ways that are unconscionable.” “In our research and others’, we have seen that […]

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Doctors and health systems find novel ways to address hunger and its causes

Originally posted on Fern’s AG Insider. Allison Bovell-Ammon, director of policy strategy at Children’s HealthWatch, an advocacy and research organization headquartered at Boston Medical Center, described some of the ways the medical center addresses the drivers of health inequities. It started the first hospital-based food pantry in the country and has subsequently added a range […]

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Living Well Into The Future: Food Is Medicine

Originally posted on Living Well Into The Future on WTBR. Host Julie B. Adler discusses the consequences of and solutions to having too little food or too much food that is unhealthy with guests; Dr. Hilary Seligman, Professor at the University of California San Francisco with appointments in the Departments of Medicine and of Epidemiology […]

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Promoting Hope Through Monthly Payments For Children

HOPE Week of Action Blog – March 7-11, 2022 Authors: Stephanie Ettinger de Cuba member of the HOPE National Advisory Board, and Allison Bovell-Ammon Last July, a TikTok trend embodied a moment of pure joy when policy change had a real-world impact on families’ lives. The social media outlet was full of parents dancing and taking a huge […]

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For Immigrant Mothers, WIC Nutrition Program Led to Healthier Infant Birth Weights

Originally posted on HealthCity. The Bottom Line | Participation in Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) during pregnancy by immigrant mothers with low incomes is associated with healthier birth weights among infants born in the U.S. Context | An infant’s birth weight is an indicator of the mother’s prenatal health and a predictor […]