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 […]

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 […]


Some Immigrants Choose Between Food Stamps and a Green Card

Originally published on The Atlantic. Lourdes Juarez has lived in North Carolina since 2000, working part-time to help children with disabilities improve their motor skills. Originally from Mexico, she is now a lawful permanent resident of the United States with plans to apply for citizenship. After bouts of pancreatic and liver cancer left her struggling […]


Welfare Cap On Kids Needs To Go

Originally posted by The Boston Globe as a Letter to the Editor.  Kudos for taking a stand in your editorial “Cap on kids a failed welfare experience” (March 7). Massachusetts — it is embarrassing to say — is only one in 17 states that still has a similar welfare policy discriminating against children’s rights. This […]


As affordable housing crisis worsens, Trump proposes more cuts

Originally posted on Curbed.  The cost of fixing the nation’s widening affordable housing shortage measures in the billions of dollars. But if the healthcare costs that come with this lack of housing security are factored in, replenishing and expanding our low-income housing stock becomes an even better investment. During a press call about The Gap—the National […]


Trump’s housing budget leaves poorest out in the cold, advocates say

Originally published on Reuters.  WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A decade after the housing bubble burst in the United States, affordable homes are available to as little as 20 percent of the poorest families that need them in some states, according to a report published by housing advocates on Thursday. That national shortfall, despite showing […]


House begins child nutrition reauthorization, but no schedule yet

Originally publihsed by The Hagstrom Report. The House Education & Labor Committee began the process of reauthorizing the child nutrition programs today, but House Education & Labor Chairman Bobby Scott, D-Va., declined to say how soon the committee would move forward with a bill. After a Civil Rights and Human Services Subcommittee hearing today, Scott […]