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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Addressing Food Insecurity Among Young Children During the Pandemic: Innovations from Vermont and Washington State

Originally published on Center for Health Care Strategies. III. Vermont’s Statewide Approach to Hunger Screening: Lessons from the Pandemic Speaker: Beverly Boget, Director of Early Childhood, Health Care, Integration, Let’s Grow Kids, Tanya Lachapelle, Community and Program Supports Specialist, Let’s Grow Kids, and Lauren Smith, Help Me Grow Coordinator, VT Department of Health The Vermont […]


COD’s Dialogue Over Distance Presents ‘Housing Is Health Care’

Originally published on Medscape. According to a recent study published in the journal “Pediatrics,” crowded housing, frequent relocations and homelessness exacerbate children’s pre-existing health conditions and the family’s overall stress level. Another study from Children’s HealthWatch shows that when families don’t have stable housing, their risk of struggling with poor health outcomes and material hardships—such […]


Pediatricians: How to Help Families Get the New Child Allowance

Originally published on Medscape. With the stroke of a pen, President Biden signed into law a provision in the American Rescue Plan that will lift nearly 10 million children above or closer to the poverty line this year. The expansion of the Child Tax Credit (CTC) into a child allowance is not only a significant step toward ensuring that […]