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A Hungry Child’s First Thousand Days

Originally posted on the Washington Monthly. Dr. Megan Sandel, a pediatrician, experiences a troubling revelation whenever she sees a patient in the Boston Medical Center’s Grow Clinic. The clinic seems like a normal health-care facility in an advanced country, she notes: a waiting room, a medical assistant taking a child to be weighed and measured […]

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Allowing Steady Savings by Eliminating Tests (ASSET) Act of 2021

Originally published on Coons.Senate.Gov. “We know that children thrive when their families are able to afford basic needs today and save for a better future tomorrow. Removing asset limits in programs means knocking down barriers for families so children stay healthy and are able to reach their highest potential.” – Dr. Megan Sandel, pediatrician and […]

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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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Pandemic makes childhood hunger worse experts say; inadequate food threatens children’s health

Originally published on Fox 8. Hungry children are often unhealthy children. Dr. Deborah Frank is a physician who is part of Boston University’s School of Medicine. “Food is medicine,” said Dr. Frank. The organization SciLine assembled Frank and two other scientists to discuss childhood hunger in terms of before and since the pandemic. Dr. Eliza […]

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Mass. Urged to Follow States on Tax Credit for Immigrants

Originally published on Boston 25 News. BOSTON — After about 18,500 tax-paying immigrant families in Massachusetts missed out on some of the direct COVID-19 relief payments from Washington during the pandemic, some advocates and progressive lawmakers want to make sure they don’t continue to lose the benefit of a state tax credit for low-income families […]

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Food insecurity seems to have risen during the pandemic. Why that’s critical for Philadelphia’s early learners.

Originally published on Chalkbeat Philadelphia. Felice Le-Scherban, assistant professor of epidemiology at Drexel’s Dornsife School of Public Health and the principal investigator for the Philadelphia site of Children’s Healthwatch, said higher levels of food insecurity can affect early learners’ development. “Food insecurity among young children is associated with poor overall health, putting them at developmental […]

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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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Watertown Public Schools keeps students fed amid growing food insecurity

Originally published on Wicked Local. The main federally funded options offered through states to combat long-term food insecurity at the individual level are the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Pandemic-EBT, and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children or WIC. Dr. Deborah Frank, a pediatrics professor at the Boston University School of Medicine […]

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Pandemic EBT – Summer 2021 | Hear What They’re Saying

Originally published on U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE. “Children of all ages need nutritious meals year-round to stay healthy and thrive. Unfortunately, every summer I meet families in my clinic struggling to afford food when their children are out of school. Access to meals is the best treatment for summer hunger. Summer P-EBT will ensure families […]

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Pasquariello Awarded by RFK Children’s Action Corps

Originally published on Winthrop Transcript. Following grad school, Pasquariello served as the executive director for Children’s HealthWatch, a data collection, research and policy center that works to improve children’s health in America by informing policies to address and alleviate economic hardships, such as hunger and housing. During his tenure, the organization was recognized for helping […]