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Why Hospitals Are Building Housing

Originally published on Reasons to be Cheerful. As U.S. coronavirus infections rolled past 30,000 this weekend, approximately one in four Americans is under some kind of order not to leave home. But as Ruth Ann Norton knows, which home they’re confined to makes a world of difference. “Housing is such an integral part of health in this country,” […]

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Boston Doctors Appeal With Public To Help Fight Coronavirus

Originally published on The Monitor. “As there is so much confusion, misinformation and denial on social media about the coronavirus we hope to explain, in plain language, why the experts see this as such an emergency.”Many people are reading the claim online that this virus is a lot like the viruses that cause colds, and […]

Letter to Support Emergency Money to the People

On March 22nd, Children’s HealthWatch and over 70 organizations led by the Economic Security Project signed a letter to support emergency money to the people. During an economic slowdown, Americans lose jobs and income. With a coronavirus-triggered contraction, those losses will likely hit low-income workers hardest as the travel and service industries contract, schools close, […]

Letter to Congress Calling for Immigrants to be Included in the COVID-19 3.0 Relief Package

On March 20th, Children’s HealthWatch and over 340 organizations through the Protecting Immigrant Families Campaign sent a letter to Speaker Pelosi and Minority Leader Schumer calling for immigrants to be included in the COVID-19 3.0 relief package. We cannot protect the nation from the Coronavirus and its economic impact if we deny health care and […]

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Letter to Congress on the Economic Stimulus Efforts Related to COVID-19

On March 20th, Children’s HealthWatch sent a letter to Speaker Pelosi, Minority Leader McCarthy, Majority Leader McConnell, and Minority Leader Schumer on the economic stimulus efforts related to novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Children’s HealthWatch commends efforts to respond to this crisis through paid family leave, expanded access to nutrition assistance, and public health funding. However, we […]

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A Message From Children’s HealthWatch on COVID-19 and Our Upcoming Events

During this time of national crisis, Children’s HealthWatch remains committed to ensuring all families have the resources they need to thrive. We recognize that the dramatic changes due public health concerns about the rapid transmission of COVID-19 and impending economic downturn will have a disproportionate impact on families of young children, families with low incomes, […]

Letter to Congress to Invest in the Child Care and Early Learning Sector in the COVID-19 3.0 Relief Package

On March 19th, Children’s HealthWatch and other organizations led by EducationCounsel sent a letter to Speaker Pelosi, Minority Leader McCarthy, Majority Leader McConnell, and Minority Leader Schumer requesting significant attention to and investment in the child care and early learning sector in the COVID-19 3.0 Relief Package. Child care is the backbone of the American […]

Massachusetts Emergency Task Force on Coronavirus & Equity

The Emergency Task Force on Coronavirus & Equity will call for urgent action from Governor Baker, Attorney General Healey, and the Legislature on four state policy priorities to address the disproportionate impact of the coronavirus outbreak on communities already experiencing marginalization, including low-wage workers, immigrants, and people experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity. The Task Force, […]

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Children’s HealthWatch’s Public Comment To Oppose HUD’s Changes To Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing

On Friday, March 13, Children’s HealthWatch submitted a public comment on the Department of Housing Urban Development’s (HUD) proposed rule on “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing”. The evidence on the connection between housing and health is clear: when children live in quality, stable homes their families can afford in neighborhoods with ready access to opportunity, they […]

Letter to Congress to Urge Including Emergency Assistance Funding in Coronavirus Response

On March 12, the Opportunity Starts at Home (OSAH) campaign sent a letter to Majority Leader McConnell, Minority Leader Schumer, Speaker Pelosi, and Minority Leader McCarthy urging them to include emergency assistance funding to help prevent housing instability and homelessness as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.  This letter was sent to congressional leadership as […]