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Validation of an Abbreviated Child and Adult Food Security Survey (ACAFSS)

Originally presented at the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy “25 Years of Food Security Measurement” Conference. Food insecurity is a national public health issue, affecting 14.8% of US households with children. Because food insecurity negatively impacts the physical and mental health of children and their parents, it is crucial to monitor and […]

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One tool to help create affordable housing — real estate transfer fees

Originally posted on The Boston Globe. The open market has never had a viable mechanism to resolve the problem of escalating housing prices and rampant real estate speculation. For too long, affordable homes have been out of reach for people across the Commonwealth. But a tool exists that can help communities solve this persistent problem: a […]

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Residents of color disproportionately hit by evictions after moratorium expired, says new report

Originally posted on WBUR. Megan Sandel, a physician who serves as co-director of Boston Medical Center’s Grow Clinic for Children, cautioned Tuesday that housing displacement can spiral into years of lingering health effects. Evictions, she said, “really alter people’s life courses in ways that are unconscionable.” “In our research and others’, we have seen that […]

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Living Well Into The Future: Food Is Medicine

Originally posted on Living Well Into The Future on WTBR. Host Julie B. Adler discusses the consequences of and solutions to having too little food or too much food that is unhealthy with guests; Dr. Hilary Seligman, Professor at the University of California San Francisco with appointments in the Departments of Medicine and of Epidemiology […]

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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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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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‘This relief currently has an expiration date, but parenting does not’: Senator Markey calls for extending child tax credit

Originally posted on The Boston Globe. Senator Edward J. Markey joined health providers at Boston Medical Center on Monday to call for an extension of the Child Tax Credit, a federal program that has provided monthly checks to families with children since July but is due to expire next month. The tax credit, the centerpiece […]

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More than 101,000 New York City public school students faced homelessness last year

Originally posted on CBS News. A stunning new report by New York City officials highlights a major crisis facing thousands of public school students: the lack of available permanent housing. Dr. Megan Sandel, Boston Medical Center’s principal investigator of Children’s HealthWatch and co-director of The Grow Clinic, joins CBSN AM to discuss the new report […]

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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 […]