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Plenary speaker: Rx for homelessness requires solutions grounded in equity

To help homeless families, pediatricians should not focus on equality to make a difference in children’s health outcomes. Rather, they should zero in on equity, according to Megan Sandel, M.D., M.P.H., who spoke at Sunday’s plenary on how affordable housing improves children’s health and future outcomes. Quality, stability, affordability and location are the four walls […]

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Podcast: “Good Housing is Good Health” with Dr. Megan Sandel

Episode 1 – Dr. Megan Sandel This episode dives into the deep connections between housing and health with a nationally recognized expert in the field. Sometimes, the prescription that patients really need for their ailments is a safe, decent, affordable home. Dr. Sandel explains her career journey as a pediatrician and how she became an […]

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Experiences of Racial and Ethnic Discrimination Are Associated with Food Insecurity and Poor Health

Abstract: This study examines the associations of mothers’ experiences of discrimination (EODs) with household food insecurity (HFI), physical health, and depressive symptoms, while taking into account the influence of mothers’ Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and public assistance participation. Mothers (N = 1372) of young children under age 4 who self-identified as Latinx, Non-Latinx Black/African American […]

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Recommendations From SNAP Participants to Improve Wages and End Stigma

We present views of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) from the perspective of participants.We are SNAP participants and academic researchers who have worked together for 11 years to understand, explain, and address food insecurity. SNAP is ensnared in much larger problems in US society related to the stigmatization of people who are poor and […]

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What if the best way to alleviate food insecurity is to help people build their credit scores?

It makes intuitive sense that a low-income family, paying expensive rent, might experience food insecurity. Research shows that when people run low on money, groceries are often one of the first bills to trim. “Rent eats first. Households are forced to pay their rent because they need a place to stay,” says Andrew Aurand, vice president […]

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Home Is Where The Health Is

Megan Sandel MED ’96 fights for children: For the child struggling to breathe because his family’s apartment is laden with mold. For the child being poisoned by the lead that lurks in her home’s water supply. For the child who has no home at all. As a nationally recognized expert on housing and its connection […]

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Podcast: Housing and Child Health with Megan Sandel, MD

In this episode we were privileged to sit down with Megan Sandel, MD, at the 2019 American Academy of Pediatrics NCE in New Orleans to discuss the impact of housing on child health. Dr. Sandel is an associate professor of pediatrics at the Boston University School of Medicine as well as an associate professor of environmental […]

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Children’s Healthwatch’s Testimony For H.173/S.58: An Act Relative To Economic Mobility For Families With Low-Incomes

On November 19th, Children’s HealthWatch submitted a testimony to Chairwoman Chang-Diaz, Chairwoman Khan, and members of the Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities. Currently, the state has opportunities to improve the health of young children and reduce economic hardship by enacting legislation that responds to the realities of families with young children. […]

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Rep. Richard Neal, quoting Ronald Reagan, makes case for expanding earned income, child tax credit

SPRINGFIELD — Research suggests expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit, like U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal wants to do, would boost 1.9 million Massachusetts families, giving a quarter of the state’s population tax cuts or refunds averaging $1,820 in 2020. “And the best part about it is that it is […]

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Children’s HealthWatch’s Public Comment To Oppose DOS’ Interim Final Rule On Visas Ineligibility Based On Public Charge Grounds

On November 11th, Children’s HealthWatch submitted a public comment on the Department of State’s (DOS) interim final rule for “Visas: Ineligibility Based on Public Charge Grounds”. The changes detailed in this rule would effectively only allow the wealthy to be granted visas. Furthermore, the proposed changes to public charge criteria will discriminate against individuals from […]