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SANDEL: Stable, decent, affordable homes is a Rx for healthy families

Originally published on The Patriot Ledger. Where you live as a child may be the strongest predictor of your health and has lifelong consequences. In fact, stable, decent, affordable housing is a prescription for good health, but it is out of reach for many South Shore families. Currently, the construction of single family and multi-family […]

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Mass. finally repeals welfare family cap

BOSTON – A group of advocates waited outside of the Senate Chamber in late April, as lawmakers met in formal session. Some sat on chairs and chatted with companions, while others walked back and forth in the hall, sometimes peeking through the door seam with expectant eyes. One hour later, Deborah Harris of the Massachusetts […]

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‘Our children are going to benefit from this’

Originally posted on Sentinel & Enterprise. BOSTON —A group of advocates waited outside of the Senate Chamber as lawmakers met in formal session. Some sat on chairs and chatted with companions, while others walked back and forth in the hall, sometimes peeking through the door seam with expectant eyes. One hour later, Deborah Harris of […]

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Reduction and Loss of SNAP Benefits Tied to Worse Health

Originally published on Boston University School of Public Health The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) serves as a buffer against food insecurity for millions of low-income Americans. Food insecurity and other economic hardships are associated with health, developmental, behavioral, and educational issues for children and their caregivers. The majority of SNAP participants with children have […]

US families with reduction and loss of SNAP benefits have a higher risk of food insecurity and poor health

Originally published by Nutrition Insight.  08 May 2019 — US families with young children who experienced a reduction or cut off in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, due to increased income, are more likely to experience food insecurity and report poor health following the benefits change. This is according to new research from Children’s […]

FRAC: ResearchWire

Check out Food Research and Action Center‘s Spring 2019 issue of ResearchWire. ResearchWire is a newsletter focused on the latest research, reports, and resources from government agencies, academic researchers, think tanks, and elsewhere at the intersection of food insecurity, poverty, the federal nutrition programs, and health. Stephanie Ettinger de Cuba, Richard Sheward, Allison Bovell-Ammon, and Mariana […]

Monday on Lake Effect: Housing As Prescription, Nursing Shortage, Engineers Without Borders

A look at how housing can impact children’s health and some ways of solving this complex issue. Then, how two area colleges are aiming to alleviate the nursing shortage in Wisconsin. Plus, a local engineer talks about his trip to Guatemala in the wake of a volcanic eruption, where he worked to restore access to […]

Reduction and loss of SNAP benefits tied to increased food insecurity and poor health among working

Originally posted on EurekAlert!.  BOSTON–Families with young children who experienced a reduction or cutoff in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits because of increased income were more likely to experience food insecurity and report poor health following the benefit change, according to new research from Children’s HealthWatch, based out of Boston Medical Center (BMC), and […]

Family Welfare Caps Lose Favor in More States

Originally posted by Stateline, an initiative of the Pew Charitable Trusts Since the 1990s, nearly half the states have denied additional cash assistance to low-income mothers who have more children while receiving welfare. But in recent years, so-called family cap laws have fallen out of favor. Last week, Massachusetts became the latest state to repeal its […]

“Can I name this thing I see?” Informatics as a Trojan Horse to address Food Insecurity and SDOH: A Conversation with philosofarmer-turned nurse and policy informaticist Sarah DeSilvey

Originally published by Patchwise Labs We recently had the chance to sit down for a virtual coffee with Sarah DeSilvey to chat about her recent ICD-10 application, which proposed new “z-codes” for food insecurity on behalf of BCBS of VT and Yale School of Nursing. Sarah is also a practicing nurse practitioner, a food insecurity policy advocate, and the […]