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Children’s Healthwatch’s Testimony On The Detrimental Impact Of The Trump Administration’s Immigration Policies

On December 16th, Children’s HealthWatch submitted a testimony to Chairman Scott and members of the House Committee on Education and Labor on the detrimental impact the Trump Administration’s immigration policies have on the health and well-being of children. As pediatricians and public health researchers, we are gravely concerned about the culture of fear perpetuated by […]

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Children’s HealthWatch’s Public Comment To Oppose DHS’ Proposed Rule on U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Fee Schedule And Changes To Other Immigration Benefit Request Requirements

On December 16th, Children’s HealthWatch submitted a public comment on the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) proposed rule for “U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Fee Schedule and Changes to Certain Other Immigration Benefit Request Requirements.” The changes detailed in the proposed rule would put the American Dream out of reach for many immigrant families. At […]

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Trump’s holiday gift: Cutting off help to the poor

Originally published on The Boston Globe. Curbing federal food stamps will only exacerbate poverty, and cost Americans in other ways. Food stamps have long shored up American families when they have struggled to put dinner on the table. But recently it’s become the mantra of certain conservatives that federal food benefits via the Supplemental Nutrition […]

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Cutting 700,000 Americans from SNAP will increase health costs

Originally published on Stat News. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is our nation’s first line of defense against food insecurity. It’s a lifeline that can provide enough food for all household members to lead healthy and active lives. As a fundamental component of America’s public health and economic infrastructure, SNAP helps sustain people when the […]

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Children’s HealthWatch’s Public Comment To Oppose USDA’s Proposed Rule On SNAP Standardization Of State Heating And Cooling Standard Utility Allowances

On November 25th, Children’s HealthWatch submitted a public comment on the USDA Food and Nutrition Service’s (FNS) Notice of Public Rule Making (NPRM) for “Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Standardization of State Heating and Cooling Standard Utility Allowances”. For low-income families, especially those in high utility cost states, the Heating and Cooling Standard Utility Allowance (HCSUA) […]

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Maternal place of birth, socioeconomic characteristics, and child health in US-Born Latinx children in Boston

Abstract Objectives: Among US-born children of Latina US (USB) and Latina foreign-born mothers (FBM), to determine whether 1) household and child characteristics differ; 2) child health outcomes differ; 3) these differences diminish for children of FBM with longer duration of residence (DOR) in the US; and 4) these differences can be explained by food insecurity […]

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Effects of Maternal Homelessness, Supplemental Nutrition Programs, and Prenatal PM2.5 on Birthweight

Abstract: Few studies examined the impact of maternal socioeconomic status and of its combined effects with environmental exposures on birthweight. Our goal was to examine the impact of maternal homelessness (mothers ever homeless or who lived in shelters during pregnancy) and participation in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) during […]

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Part II: A Qualitative Study of Social Risk Screening Acceptability in Patients and Caregivers

Abstract Introduction: This study aimed to better understand patient and caregiver perspectives on social risk screening across different healthcare settings. Methods: As part of a mixed-methods multisite study, the authors conducted semistructured interviews with a subset of adult patients and adult caregivers of pediatric patients who had completed the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation […]

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Part I: A Quantitative Study of Social Risk Screening Acceptability in Patients and Caregivers

Abstract Introduction: Despite recent growth in healthcare delivery-based social risk screening, little is known about patient perspectives on these activities. This study evaluates patient and caregiver acceptability of social risk screening. Methods: This was a cross-sectional survey of 969 adult patients and adult caregivers of pediatric patients recruited from 6 primary care clinics and 4 […]

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Patient experiences and provider perspectives on a hospital-based food pantry: a mixed methods evaluation study

Abstract Objective: The purpose of this evaluation study was to identify strengths and opportunities for improvement in programme functioning and common aspects of patients’ experiences at a hospital-based food pantry. Design: Semi-structured, in-depth interviews with patients and a cross-sectional survey for providers were used. Interview transcripts were coded using both inductive and deductive approaches and […]