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Prenatal Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children Participation: A Step Toward Human Capital Development

This JAMA Pediatrics editorial focuses on the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program, evaluations of the program before and after the 2009 food package revisions, and a new JAMA Pediatrics quasi-experimental study by Hamad et al that looks at whether the revised 2009 WIC food package improved perinatal and birth […]

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Children’s HealthWatch’s Public Comment To Oppose the Proposed Changes to the Federal Poverty Guidelines by the Office of Management and Budget

On June 21st, Children’s HealthWatch submitted a public comment to the Office of Management and Budget’s proposal to change the version of the Consumer Price Index used to adjust the federal poverty thresholds for inflation from the Consumer Price Index for Urban Workers to the Chained Consumer Price Index for Urban Workers. We oppose the […]

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SNAP Benefit Reductions and Cutoffs may put Children’s and Families’ Health at Risk

Originally published on FRAC ResearchWIRE. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is an essential and effective nutrition program that helps people of all ages stay healthy. Though the program’s explicit goal is to improve food security by providing consistent, adequate access to enough food for an active, healthy life, it also acts as a work […]

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Children’s Healthwatch’s Public Comment to Oppose HUD’s Proposed Rule That Would Evict Mixed-Status Families from Public and Subsidized Housing

On June 21st, Children’s HealthWatch submitted a public comment on the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)’s Notice of Public Rule Making (NPRM) for “Housing and Community Development Act of 1980: Verification of Eligible Status” (HUD Docket No. FR-6124-P-01). We oppose this proposed rule that would evict mixed-status families from public and subsidized housing […]

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SANDEL: Stable, decent, affordable homes is a Rx for healthy families

Originally published on The Patriot Ledger. Where you live as a child may be the strongest predictor of your health and has lifelong consequences. In fact, stable, decent, affordable housing is a prescription for good health, but it is out of reach for many South Shore families. Currently, the construction of single family and multi-family […]

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‘Our children are going to benefit from this’

Originally posted on Sentinel & Enterprise. BOSTON —A group of advocates waited outside of the Senate Chamber as lawmakers met in formal session. Some sat on chairs and chatted with companions, while others walked back and forth in the hall, sometimes peeking through the door seam with expectant eyes. One hour later, Deborah Harris of […]

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Reduction and Loss of SNAP Benefits Tied to Worse Health

Originally published on Boston University School of Public Health The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) serves as a buffer against food insecurity for millions of low-income Americans. Food insecurity and other economic hardships are associated with health, developmental, behavioral, and educational issues for children and their caregivers. The majority of SNAP participants with children have […]

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Dr. Ana Poblacion’s testimony before the Massachusetts Board of Early Education and Care

On May 14th, Dr. Ana Poblacion testified before the Massachusetts Board of Early Education and Care.

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Loss Of SNAP Is Associated With Food Insecurity And Poor Health In Working Families With Young Children

ABSTRACT: The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps working families meet their nutritional needs. Families whose earned income increases in a given month may have their SNAP benefits abruptly reduced or cut off in the following month. Using sentinel sample data from 2007–15 for families with children younger than age four, we investigated how SNAP […]

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Pathways to Stable Homes: Promoting Caregiver and Child Health Through Housing Stability

Stable homes are vital for good health. Research demonstrates children’s health improves when their families are able to live in homes they can afford without falling behind on rent, moving frequently, or experiencing homelessness. Unfortunately, Massachusetts has a shortage of affordable rental homes across the state. For every 100 families with extremely low incomes* in […]