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The 1st big bill of the Biden era is a BFD. Here’s why

Originally published on CBC News. Advocates for these measures included doctors, in Boston, who, despite working in one of the wealthiest cities in one of the wealthiest nations on Earth, described seeing underweight babies that meet the World Health Organization definition of malnutrition. A researcher who works with these doctors says they literally notice babies’ weights fluctuating […]

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‘We Will Handle It.’ An Army of Women Is Taking on the Hunger Crisis in Local Communities

Originally published on TIME. While SNAP and other federal food-aid programs have changed substantially since the ’60s, they still leave millions of Americans struggling to get enough to eat. A single person making more than $1,064 a month after taxes does not qualify for any SNAP funds at all, and those who do qualify often can’t feed […]

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Let’s make school meals free for all kids

Originally published on Commonwealth Magazine. Just over 5 percent of students paying full price eat both school breakfast and lunch, daily. That means, unfortunately, school meals carry with them the label of being “poor;” a label that brings fear of stigma for far too many children and can be enough to lead some to skip […]

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Our children are in trouble if we don’t pass Biden’s child allowance

Originally published on The Hill. Many of the pandemic’s effects are widely known — the lives lost, the businesses that have shut their doors, the families that are going hungry, the women who are being forced out of the job market, and the disproportionate impacts of all of this on lower-income families and communities of […]

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What Is Redlining? How Residential Segregation Shaped U.S. Cities

Originally published on Teen Vogue. The years that followed the Great Depression were vital in creating an expanded middle class, and the federal government ensured that this class mobility was readily available to white Americans and out of reach for most Black Americans. Homeownership is a key method of building wealth, as Lisa Rice, executive vice president […]

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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 […]