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What Boston Needs To Know About The Child Tax Credit Payments

Originally posted on WBUR. The first monthly child tax credit payments are going out today, and the IRS estimates that roughly 39 million households, which covers around 88% of children in the country, will receive the credit. But what about the families who won’t receive a check? We talk with Dr. Megan Sandel, a pediatrician […]

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Childhood hunger before and after COVID

Originally published on SciLine. Food insecurity—a disruption in food access due to lack of resources—as much as doubled in the United States as result of COVID-19. But even prior to the pandemic, more than 10% of U.S. households suffered from insufficient food access, affecting 5.3 million children. SciLine’s latest media briefing covered the health and developmental effects of food insecurity for children, including when […]

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NNHS Virtual Housing and Zoning Day

Originally published on NNHS. Children’s Healthwatch Director of Policy Strategy, Allison Bovell-Ammon, delivered a presentation on stable homes, healthy communities at Newton North High School (NNHS) Virtual Housing and Zoning Day.  

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Challenging Racist Systems, Processes, and Analyses in Social Care

Originally published on SIREN Network. This episode features a conversation between Megan Sandel, MD, MPH, an associate professor of pediatrics at the Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health and co-lead principal investigator with Children’s Health Watch, and Rhea Boyd, MD, MPH, a pediatrician, public health advocate, and scholar who is the Director of […]

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Monday, April 5, 2021 – Please Watch the Recording for Antiracism as Health Policy: Race, COVID-19, and Policy Reform

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Podcast: Hunger in America – Part 2

Originally published on Two Reporters. When you see students across the nation struggling with learning and behavioral problems, it could be partly because their families can’t afford enough good food. Dr. Megan Sandel has a bold idea: give them more money.

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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 […]