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Ensuring food security and health beyond the Covid-19 public health emergency

“This significant increase in food insufficiency among families with children is particularly concerning for child health equity,” lead author Allison Bovell-Ammon, director of policy and communications at Children’s HealthWatch at Boston University School of Public Health, said in a statement.

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Food Insufficiency Up 25% Since Manchin, GOP Killed Child Tax Credit Boost

“A permanent expansion would be a game-changer for reducing child poverty for good,” said one study co-author.

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Ensuring food security and health beyond the Covid-19 public health emergency

Originally posted on Stat News. Expansions to social safety net programs during Covid-19 have been essential for low-income Americans hit hard by the pandemic. But the stabilizing impact of these […]

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‘Imminent Danger’: Millions set to lose Medicaid, food benefits once public health emergency ends

In an op-ed published by STAT on Tuesday, Allison Maria Lacko, Allison Bovell-Ammon, and Richard Sheward noted that “many individuals and families will experience the cumulative impact of losing access to both Medicaid and SNAP or losing access to Medicaid and having SNAP benefits reduced.”

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For a moment there, we made inroads on child poverty

Originally published in The Boston Globe. Monthly Child Tax Credit made a measurable difference  We write in strong support of former acting Boston mayor Kim Janey’s call for monthly cash benefits […]

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Life in a single room

Originally published in The Boston Globe. For Dr. Megan Sandel, such stories are all too familiar. As a lead researcher at Children’s HealthWatch, a research group at Boston Medical Center, Sandel […]

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FACT SHEET: The Biden-⁠Harris Administration Announces More Than $8 Billion in New Commitments as Part of Call to Action for White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health

Originally posted on WhiteHouse.gov. Pillar 5 – Enhance Nutrition and Food Security Research  CHILDREN’S HEALTHWATCH: By 2030, the nonprofit Children’s HealthWatch will raise $1.9 million to advance research and deepen understanding […]

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Those who need relief most are getting short end of Mass. tax refund

Originally posted on The Boston Globe. Re “Refunds could be bigger than expected: Checks triggered by 1980s law are expected to be 13% of taxpayer liability” (Page A1, Sept. 17): It’s true […]

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Addressing Food Insecurity At Its Root

Originally posted on BU Experts. Ahead of the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health, food insecurity expert shares research-backed approaches for addressing hunger in the U.S. It is […]

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What if doctors could write prescriptions for adequate housing? More than anything else, it might improve a person’s overall health

Originally posted on Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. A study by Children’s HealthWatch in Boston estimated that housing instability among families with young children will result in $111 billion in avoidable health […]