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Letter to Department of State on the Final Rule, “Visas: Temporary Visitors for Business or Pleasure”

On March 9th, Children’s HealthWatch sent a letter to Secretary Pompeo to express our deepest alarm with the Department of State’s (“the Department”) recent final rule, “Visas: Temporary Visitors for Business or Pleasure” published on January 24, 2020, with no opportunity for public comment. As pediatricians, public health researchers, and child health and policy experts, […]

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Associations Between Federal Rental Housing Assistance and Childhood Asthma—A Renewed Call for Investing in Housing for Health

In this issue of JAMA Pediatrics, the findings of Boudreaux et al1 suggest that federal rental assistance for families with low incomes may be important for reducing emergency department visits for asthma. This study adds to the increasing body of research on the ways in which housing assistance is associated with health and has implications for housing […]

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Children’s HealthWatch And Founder Dr. Deborah Frank Receive National Anti-Hunger Advocacy Award

WASHINGTON, March 3, 2020 — The Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) awarded the Dr. Raymond Wheeler/Senator Paul Wellstone Anti-Hunger Advocacy Leadership Award to Children’s HealthWatch, headquartered at Boston Medical Center, and its founder and principal investigator, Deborah Frank, MD. The award was presented during the 2020 National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference, held in Washington, D.C. from March […]

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Health Starts at Home Interim Findings

Health Starts at Home has been a five-year initiative hosted by the Boston Foundation to bring together housing and health-care organizations to pilot new approaches that focus on the active benefits of stable, affordable housing on children’s health outcomes. Health Starts at Home has supported partnerships among housing and health-care organizations with the goal of: […]

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Should Physicians ‘Prescribe’ Housing for the Homeless?

Originally published on Medscape. Megan Sandel, MD, MPH, a pediatrician at Boston Medical Center (BMC) in Massachusetts, told Medscape Medical News, “I do believe that housing is a prescription for health. I believe, though, that the [entity that needs] to stock the pharmacy for housing is really the federal government.” She said creating partnerships across federal, […]

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Campaign pushes to make housing a priority for homeless

Originally published on Arkansas Catholic. WASHINGTON — For years, Dominican Sister Donna Markham, president and CEO of Catholic Charities USA, has said it’s a scandal that millions of American families are struggling to find a stable place to live. She knows how housing costs are soaring, forcing families and individuals to cut back on other […]

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Dr. Megan Sandel Interviewed By BBC Radio

On February 5th, Dr. Megan Sandel, Co-Lead Principal Investigator at Children’s HealthWatch, was interviewed by BBC Radio’s Rod Sharp on homeless students reaching a new high in the United States.

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As I See It: Healthy Incentives Program worth year-round investment

Originally published on Telegram & Gazette. As we pass winter’s midpoint here in Worcester, thoughts of local farms and fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables may be far from the average person’s mind. For the customers of the REC Mobile Farmers Markets, fresh healthy produce is available right down the block. On a recent February morning, […]

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Bill designed to allow families to save, not lose assistance

Originally published on The Porterville Reporter. U.S. Representative T.J. Cox-D has introduced a bill designed to help low income families to continue to be able to save money while not losing eligibility for public assistance programs. The bill is in response to President Trump’s proposed budget in which programs such as food stamps would be […]

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Dr. Deborah Frank’s Speech Featured During SNAP Gap Lobby Day

On February 11th, a video of a speech by Dr. Deborah Frank, Founder of Children’s HealthWatch, was featured at the Massachusetts State House during the SNAP Gap Lobby Day.