Study Links Child Hunger and Poor Health

children whose families move frequently or live in overcrowded conditions are more likely to suffer from hunger and poor health than those in stable housing. The study was carried out by the Children’s Sentinel Nutrition Assesment Prgoram (C-SNAP) which has the largest clinical data base on poor children under age three in America. C-SNAP has been reporting on the impact of economic coniditions and public policies on children’s health since 1998.

Witness to Their Own Lives

In the tight rowhouse streets of North Philadelphia, people share walls and worries. Few outsiders see, know or feel the cycle of want and chaos that a week of privation creates. To show what life north of Spring Garden Street looks like to some of the people who live there, Mariana Chilton, a professor and anthropologist at Drexel University’s School of Public Health, gave digital cameras to 40 women. Out of a simple idea, complex images and narratives emerge. An exhibit of the photos, called Witnesses to Hunger, will open to the public Dec. 11 at Drexel’s Bossone Center. The women aimed their cameras at precious children and faithless lovers, falling-down apartments and asthma nebulizers.

Housing and Health

The nation’s housing crisis is also a health crisis – especially for children. When families lose stable housing, children lose the bedrock that anchors them to schools, neighborhoods, medical services, child care and social services, often with serious consequences for their health.

BMC/Drexel Report Finds Food Prices in Boston and Philadelphia 50 Percent Higher

Researchers from the Children’s Sentinel Nutrition Assessment Program (C-SNAP) at Boston Medical Center and Drexel University School of Public Health, have reported that low-income families in Boston and Philadelphia using food stamp benefits do not have the financial resources to buy the Thrifty Food Plan, the standardized food plan used as the basis for calculating food stamp benefits by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Help for Hungry People

Children’s HealthWatch research was cited in a Baltimore Sun editorial.

City Plans Hunger Fight

Dr. Maureen Black, Children’s HealthWatch Co-Principal Investigator, was quoted in an article by the Baltimore Sun, about food insecurity in Baltimore, MD.

Another Squeeze on the Poor

Children’s HealthWatch’s research is quoted about the inadequate benefit levels in the Food Stamp program in an article published by the Boston Globe.

Food Costs Likely to Boost Obesity in Poor

Dr. Mariana Chilton, Children’s HealthWatch Co-Principal Investigator, was quoted in an article about food insecurity and obesity, published by the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Heating Oil Aid Called Vital For Many In The Northeast

Dr. Deborah Frank, Children’s Healthwatch Founder and Principal Investigator, was quoted in an article by The Day testifying before the Children and Families Subcommittee of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on the importance of federal energy assistance.

Researchers Find Association Between Food Insecurity and Developmental Risk in Children

Children’s HealthWatch’s findings on the increased likelihood of developmental risk during the first three years of life for children living in households with food insecurity were featured in an article by Science Centric, with a quote from Ruth Rose-Jacobs, a Development Specialist with Children’s HealthWatch.