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Food Insecurity, Health, and Development in Children Under Age Four Years

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Food insecurity and pediatric obesity affect young children. We abstract examine how food insecurity relates to obesity, underweight, stunting, health, and development among children, 4 years of age. METHODS: Caregivers of young children participated in a cross-sectional survey at medical centers in 5 US cities. Inclusion criteria were age of ,48 months. […]

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Podcast: Healthy Solutions for Affordable Housing

Recently, Enterprise released a nationwide survey that illustrated how housing costs are undermining the health needs of American renters, many of whom are sacrificing medical care in order to pay rent. Faced with a shortage of affordable, quality, stable housing, low-income renters often lack access to sufficient health care and outdoor spaces, further contributing to […]

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How tax credits could help fight poverty, income inequality for families in Massachusetts

Originally published on Mass Live, The Springfield Republican. Massachusetts is a tale of two economies. While some enjoy the vast wealth in our state, many families live paycheck to paycheck and struggle to make ends meet. Despite more than a decade of economic growth, a job in Massachusetts often does not pay workers a life-sustaining […]

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Healthy children and families require strong roots to grow

A home where children are able to grow, learn, and play is at the root of health for young children. Like a tree seedling, a child’s health needs a stable location, supportive environment, and access to vital resources to thrive. This means having a stable home in a neighborhood connected to opportunity where parents can […]

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Want to Effectively End Hunger in America? Dr. Kofi D. Essel Says We Must First Take on Racial and Economic Root Causes.

Originally posted on FRAC.org. Across the U.S., more than 40 million Americans live in households that struggle against hunger, with poverty and racial inequities often being root causes. FRAC recently spoke with Dr. Kofi Essel, Community Pediatrician, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, and Health Equity & Hunger Champion at Children’s National Health System and the George Washington School of […]

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Alarming Challenges Faced by Homeless Children

Originally posted on DailyMom.com. The number of homeless children in the United States has grown in the last decade. More than 2.5 million children are homeless in the United States each year. That means one in every 30 children is homeless. This number has grown in the last decade as the number of families who are homeless has gone […]

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5 things you should know about Trump’s latest legal immigration crackdown

Originally posted on ABC News. The Trump administration’s latest change to federal immigration policy is expected to stop more immigrants from legally settling in the U.S. The new protocol formally rolls out Wednesday. Here’s what you need to know about it. The new rule penalizes anyone who qualifies for assistance, even if that person doesn’t use it. Immigration authorities will […]

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Children’s HealthWatch’s Public Statement Regarding the Public Charge Rule

As pediatricians, public health researchers, and child health and policy experts, Children’s HealthWatch opposes in the strongest terms changes to the public charge rule made by the Department of Homeland Security. These changes will endanger the health and well-being of families of immigrants and their children. We are deeply alarmed by efforts to penalize participation […]

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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 […]