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Thousands Wait In Lines At Food Pantries. They Could Be Shopping At Grocery Stores

Originally published on GBH. A growing number of people in Massachusetts are accessing SNAP benefits. Between March and June of last year, households enrolled in SNAP grew by 19% over pre-pandemic rates, according to the Department of Transitional Assistance, which oversees the SNAP program in Massachusetts. Yet, by the DTA’s own estimates, more than 700,000 […]

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For good health outcomes, we need good housing incomes

Originally published on The Boston Globe. As primary care physicians, we are accustomed to receiving hard news from our patients. A recent message came in the form of a text message, a string of crying emojis, from a patient who had already suffered so much Jean (name changed for privacy) though only in her mid-30s, […]

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Founder Dr. Deborah Frank honored by Massachusetts Medical Society with its Special Award for Excellence in Medical Service

Originally published on The Massachusetts Medical Society. WALTHAM – Dr. Deborah Frank, director of the Grow Clinic for Children at Boston Medical Center and professor of child health and well-being in the department of pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine, has been honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society as the 2020 recipient of the […]

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“The Science, Practice and Narrative of Thriving Families”: BMC Pediatrics Awarded Grant to Support Joint Efforts of the Center and Children’s HealthWatch

Originally published on Boston Medical Center. In May 2020, the Department of Pediatrics was awarded a three-year grant from The JPB Foundation. Together, Children’s HealthWatch and the Center for the Urban Child and Healthy Family are implementing a three-pronged approach—coordinating across research, practice innovation and community narrative building—to support families’ ability to thrive. Children’s HealthWatch […]

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Coronavirus Means School Food is Free. What if it Stayed That Way?

Originally published on Ozy. Worry is an early symptom of what those who monitor hunger refer to as “food insecurity,” a spectrum that begins with a person’s concern that they won’t be able to buy food and extends to reduced or missed meals, or “very low food security” in the USDA parlance. “Food insecurity, it […]

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Public health officials fear evictions could worsen COVID-19 spike in Mass.

Originally published on The Boston Globe. “The people who are struggling to pay rent could be your grocery worker, your delivery worker, your cleaner, your parent’s home care worker,” said Karen Chen, executive director of the Chinese Progressive Association. “You want them to be healthy. You want them to have a safe and healthy place […]

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Massachusetts leaders must deliver relief to poor families now

Originally published on The Boston Globe. As people across Massachusetts inch toward the ninth month of their coronavirus experience, it’s often difficult to remember what life was like before it all began. While we continue to face this unprecedented public health crisis, we’re also facing the devastating impact it’s had on our local and national […]

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Boston Medical Center-led initiative wins $5 million from JPMorgan Chase to help inner city neighborhoods

Originally published on The Boston Globe. JPMorgan Chase is awarding $5 million over three years to a new Boston Medical Center-led initiative aimed at preparing residents of inner-city neighborhoods for better paying jobs and increasing access to affordable housing. The financial services giant and the hospital plan to announce on Thursday that Boston is the […]

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Stress from worrying about eviction causing physical problems for kids, parents

Originally published on Local 12. CINCINNATI (WKRC) – Dr. Megan Sandel is the co-director of the Grow Clinic at Boston Medical Center. They work with children diagnosed with “failure to thrive.” “These are kids that are an inch off of the growth curve. They meet the World Health Organization diagnosis for malnutrition, but they live in the […]

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Feeding America warns of shortage of up to EIGHT BILLION meals across the country over next 12 months, which could leave millions of Americans hungry during the pandemic

Originally published on Daily Mail. Megan Sandel, co-director of the Grow Clinic for Children at Boston Medical Center, said that she’s seen low-income parents who usually make ends meet are running out of food by the middle of the month. ‘Now they are running out of their food budget the second or third week of […]