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Children’s HealthWatch Statement on ARPA and Public Charge

Children’s HealthWatch applauds the recent passage of the American Rescue Plan Act and celebrates the withdrawal of federal appeals and subsequent vacatur of the harmful Department of Homeland Security (DHS) 2019 public charge rule. Together, these actions ensure families have resources necessary to afford basic needs and signal a strong commitment to expanding and restoring […]

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Thoughts and Prayers Aren’t Enough: We Need to Stop Deluding Ourselves About Racism

This past weekend has seen numerous protests, vigils and calls for action in response to the recent attacks on Asian Americans and immigrants,  including the tragic killings of eight people, six of them Asian women, in three Atlanta spas. While families and friends are mourning the loss of their loved ones, they must also contend with the […]

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Children’s HealthWatch Statement on Recent Attacks on the AAPI Community

Children’s HealthWatch strongly condemns attacks on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders – including the recent tragic killings of eight people, six of them Asian women, in Atlanta.  These recent attacks on Asian Americans and immigrants serve as yet another grim reminder of the pervasiveness of white supremacy and structural racism. Xenophobic and racially charged rhetoric […]

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Get Konnected! Announces List of Most Impactful Black Women in Boston

Children’s HealthWatch is so proud of our Advisory Board members, Charlotte Golar-Richie and Karen Charles Peterson, for being named as two of Get Konnected!’s 2021 ‘Boston’s Most Impactful Black Women’ in the Boston Pioneers and Law, Politics, and Public Sector categories, respectively.

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Podcast: Hunger in America – Part 1

Originally published on Two Reporters. We all wish we had a doctor like Megan Sandel – kind, eloquent, a great story-teller, and passionate about social justice. Children she treats at the GROW clinic echo poor regions of Africa, they’re so malnourished – but it’s Boston. Megan says America has barely begun to tackle social problems […]

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How Will Biden’s Fix for Child Poverty Affect Kids’ Health?

Originally published on Tradeoffs. The recently passed $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act includes a sweeping expansion of the child tax credit, a policy change that could protect millions of kids from poverty — and the health risks that come with it. Episode Credits Guests: Deborah Frank, MD, Founding Director of the Grow Clinic at Boston Medical Center (retired); Professor […]

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The 1st big bill of the Biden era is a BFD. Here’s why

Originally published on CBC News. Advocates for these measures included doctors, in Boston, who, despite working in one of the wealthiest cities in one of the wealthiest nations on Earth, described seeing underweight babies that meet the World Health Organization definition of malnutrition. A researcher who works with these doctors says they literally notice babies’ weights fluctuating […]

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‘We Will Handle It.’ An Army of Women Is Taking on the Hunger Crisis in Local Communities

Originally published on TIME. While SNAP and other federal food-aid programs have changed substantially since the ’60s, they still leave millions of Americans struggling to get enough to eat. A single person making more than $1,064 a month after taxes does not qualify for any SNAP funds at all, and those who do qualify often can’t feed […]

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The American Rescue Plan: A Prescription for Child Health and Stability During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Last week the House voted to advance the American Rescue Plan Act sending the COVID-19 Relief package to the Senate. The $1.9 trillion relief package contains policies that seek to address the economic stability and health of people and communities, providing urgently needed resources to pave the way for recovery. The COVID-19 pandemic and the […]