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Household unmet basic needs in the first 1000 days and preterm birth status

Objective: To examine the relationship of individual and composite number of unmet basic needs (housing, energy, food, and healthcare hardships) in the past year with preterm birth status among children aged 0–24 months. Study Design: We examined cross-sectional 2011–18 data of 17,926 families with children aged 0–24 months. We examined children born <31 weeks’, 31–33 weeks’, […]

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Letter to the Family Reunification Task Force

On January 27, 2022, Children’s HealthWatch wrote a letter to the Family Reunification Task Force at the Department of Homeland Security. The letter comments on recommendations to reduce the separation of migrant parents, legal guardians, and children, and such separations’ impact. The letter voices support for the Administration’s Executive Order 14011, Establishment of Interagency Task […]

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The expanded child tax credit briefly slashed child poverty. Here’s what else it did

Originally posted on NPR. The monthly payments slashed food insufficiency by a quarter Food insufficiency happens when, over the course of a week, a family doesn’t have enough to eat sometimes or often. Throughout the pandemic, insufficiency rates have fluctuated, spiking in late 2020. The six monthly child tax credit payments of 2021, though, appeared […]

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Tax-Prep Help Available for Low-to-Moderate-Income MA Families

Originally posted on Public News Service. With tax season underway, Massachusetts groups are raising awareness about the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA), an IRS-sponsored program to help people file their income taxes correctly and maximize their refunds. Community Action agencies and other groups have served more than 30,000 Massachusetts residents, helping them get more […]

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As the child tax credit ends, one family navigates a new, familiar reality

Originally posted on The Boston Globe. For six months, direct payments to children changed the household math for many families. Now they’re over. Starting in July, Rebecca Wood’s tight family budget was buoyed by a federal payment that landed in her bank account on the 15th of each month — no strings attached. It was […]

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An Accurate Response to Food Insecurity Craves an Apples-to-Apples Comparison

Originally posted on the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. JAND Editor-in-Chief Linda Snetselaar, PhD, RDN, LD, FAND and Ana Poblacion, PhD, MSc, one of the authors of the JAND Commentary “Comparing Food Security Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Considerations When Choosing Measures” discuss food security and food security measures and how […]

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The sunsetting of the child tax credit expansion could leave many families without enough food on the table

Originally posted on The Conversation. The discontinuation of the Biden administration’s monthly payments of the child tax credit could leave millions of American families without enough food on the table, according to our new study in JAMA Network Open. The first missed payment on Jan. 15, 2022, left families that had come to rely on them […]

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Children’s HealthWatch Comments on the Department of State’s interim final rule, “Visas: Ineligibility Based on Public Charge Grounds”

On January 14, 2022, Children’s HealthWatch submitted comments on the Department’s of State’s interim final rule, “Visas: Ineligibility Based on Public Charge Grounds,” published in the Federal Register on November 17, 2021. … As pediatricians and public health researchers, we are acutely aware of the harmful health and economic consequences resulting from long-standing exclusions of […]

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Advance Child Tax Credits Reduced US Food Insufficiency by 26 Percent

Originally posted on Boston University School of Public Health. January 15 will mark the first time in seven months that the families of more than 61 million children in the United States will not receive a monthly payment of the advance Child Tax Credit (CTC), after Congress failed to pass the Build Back Better Act, […]

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Association of the Implementation of Child Tax Credit Advance Payments With Food Insufficiency in US Households

Key Points Question: Was the introduction of advance payments for the Child Tax Credit associated with food insufficiency in US households? Findings: In this cross-sectional study using repeated surveys of a nationally representative sample of US households, the introduction of advance payments for the Child Tax Credit was associated with a significant reduction in household food […]