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Association of the Implementation of Child Tax Credit Advance Payments With Food Insufficiency in US Households

Key Points Question: Was the introduction of advance payments for the Child Tax Credit associated with food insufficiency in US households? Findings: In this cross-sectional study using repeated surveys of a nationally representative sample of US households, the introduction of advance payments for the Child Tax Credit was associated with a significant reduction in household food […]

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Advance Child Tax Credit payments cut food insufficiency by 26%, study finds

Originally posted on United Press International. Jan. 13 (UPI) — Advance Child Tax Credit payments, part of last year’s federal American Rescue Plan, reduced food insufficiency, or lack of food, in households across the country by 26%, a study published Thursday by JAMA Network Open found. However, those gains are likely to be reversed because the federal relief […]

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Special Pandemic Payments Staved Off Hunger for Children’s Families

Originally posted on MedPage Today. — Should the expired Child Tax Credit policy be carried forward? The Child Tax Credit safeguarded U.S. families with children from food insufficiency during the pandemic and should be made permanent, researchers urged. Starting in July and August 2021, the first advance payments of the expanded Child Tax Credit corresponded […]

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Children’s HealthWatch Submits Written Testimony to the MA Joint Committee on Education

On January 4, 2022, Children’s HealthWatch submitted testimony to Chairman Lewis, Chairwoman Peisch, and distinguished members of the Joint Committee on Education in strong support of H.714/S.314: An Act relative to universal school meals. As a nonpartisan network of pediatricians, public health researchers, and children’s health and policy experts committed to improving children’s health in America, […]

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The immigrant birthweight paradox in an urban cohort: Role of immigrant enclaves and ambient air pollution

Immigrants are a rapidly growing population in the United States (US). By the year 2065, immigrants and subsequent generations will account for 88% of the country’s growth or ~103 million people [1]. As such, research that investigates drivers of perinatal health outcomes among immigrants is critical for shaping the health of future generations. Low birthweight […]

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Child hunger is expected to worsen

Originally posted on NPR. NPR’s Ailsa Chang speaks with pediatrician Dr. Megan Sandel about how the pandemic has exasperated child hunger in the country and could worsen as pandemic-relief programs run out.

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Why one senator just blew up Joe Biden’s presidential plans

Originally posted on CBC News. The Build Back Better bill passed by the House of Representatives offered paid parental leave for a country that lacks it, universal preschool, cheaper child care for 20 million children, lower costs for some drugs including insulin, savings for families using the Obamacare health system, and funding for one million […]

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BMC Pediatrician Presents a Model for Stably Housing Families in White House Forum

Originally posted on BMC HealthCity. One in five renters living with children are having difficulty keeping up on rent. Megan Sandel, MD, proposes a three-pronged solution. “One thing that the COVID-19 pandemic has really made clear is that it has increased housing stability from a crisis to now, really, a pandemic in and of itself,” […]

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Kids go hungry, face malnutrition as safety net ebbs

Originally posted on Bloomberg. Quicktake “Charge” clip with Children’s HealthWatch Co-Lead Principal Investigator, Dr. Megan Sandel. “We know that people are using the Child Tax Credit well." Watch Children’s HealthWatch Co-Lead Principal Investigator @megansandel on @business talk about why the #AdvancedCTC is so important! pic.twitter.com/mY8h9QhlDt — Children’s HealthWatch (@ChildrensHW) December 21, 2021

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Hunger Stunts Growth of American Babies as Inflation Hits Hard

Originally posted on Bloomberg. Underfed children are falling behind the growth curve in some high-risk areas, while other families turn to cheaper, less-nutritious foods to fill up. Both will have lasting impacts. One-year-olds are falling further behind the growth curve at a Boston clinic that treats toddlers so underweight their brain development is at risk. […]