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From Children’s HealthWatch: From Disparities to Discrimination

Racism and discrimination are root causes of poverty and inequity in the U.S. New research from Children’s HealthWatch, From Disparities to Discrimination: Getting to the Roots of Food Insecurity in America, adds to a growing body of research on the impact of racism by examining the link between experiences of discrimination and food insecurity. Children’s […]

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Food banks see impact of Trump’s immigration policies

Originally published on ABC News. Families of immigrants have been reluctant to go to food banks and sign up for food stamps this year, anti-hunger advocates said, because many are afraid the federal government will use those requests for assistance against them in immigration proceedings. The result is that many families, including children and pregnant women, could […]

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Fewer Immigrant Families Are Signing Up For Federal Food Assistance

Originally published on NPR. After 10 years of consistent gains, the number of immigrant families enrolled in SNAP, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, fell by 10 percent in 2018. New, preliminary research presented this month at the American Public Health Association conference shows that the drop was highest for families who have been in the U.S. […]

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Study suggests Trump is scaring immigrant families off food stamps

Originally published on Vox. After two years of Donald Trump and his anti-immigrant rhetoric, fewer immigrant families are using federal food stamps — even though no formal changes have been made to the program or its eligibility rules. The implication, according to researchers who have been studying the program for decades and other experts tracking the […]

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Immigrant families appear to be dropping out of food stamps

Originally posted on Politico. President Donald Trump’s hard-line immigration rhetoric and policies may be driving low-income immigrant families away from food stamps. Immigrant households legally eligible for food-stamp benefits stopped participating in the program at a higher-than-normal rate in the first half of this year, a preliminary study released this week indicates. The data is […]

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Trends in food insecurity and SNAP participation among immigrant families of US born young children

Children’s Healthwatch Deputy Director of Policy Strategy, Allison Bovell-Ammon, delivered a presentation on a new study which examines the trends in food insecurity and SNAP participation among immigrant families of US born young children. Findings from the study show that there was a drop in SNAP participation among immigrant mothers in 2018 despite no changes […]

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Study: Following 10-year gains, SNAP participation among immigrant families dropped in 2018

Newswise — San Diego, Nov. 12, 2018 – New research presented today at the American Public Health Association’s 2018 Annual Meeting and Expo revealed that Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participation declined in the first half of 2018 among immigrant families, following 10 years of increasing participation from 2007 through 2017. Preliminary 2018 data showed a […]

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When low-income families can meet their basic needs, children are healthier

Boston, MA – A series of reports from five cities across the US found that young children and their parents are healthier when they are able to afford basic needs. New research published by Children’s HealthWatch, headquartered at Boston Medical Center, highlights the need for policymakers to improve access to and effectiveness of programs that […]

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Keeping Children’s Weight on Track: A Pathway to Health and Well-Being

This report card examines children’ weight over time. We looked at almost 3,000 infants and toddlers from low-income families who started life in a healthy state  – born at a healthy birth weight and at term. Most children remained at a healthy weight at both visits (on average 1 year apart). Children with an unhealthy […]