Validation of an Abbreviated Child and Adult Food Security Scale (ACAFSS)

Originally presented at the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy “25 Years of Food Security Measurement” Conference. Food insecurity is a national public health issue, affecting 14.8% of US households with children. Because food insecurity negatively impacts the physical and mental health of children and their parents, it is crucial to monitor and […]


Trends in food insecurity and SNAP participation among immigrant families of US born young children

Children’s Healthwatch Deputy Director of Policy Strategy, Allison Bovell-Ammon, delivered a presentation on a new study which examines the trends in food insecurity and SNAP participation among immigrant families of US born young children. Findings from the study show that there was a drop in SNAP participation among immigrant mothers in 2018 despite no changes […]

Healthy Families EITC Coalition Lobby Day

On May 3rd, 2018, Dr. Ana Poblacion presented at the Healthy Families EITC Coalition’s Lobby Day on the health and housing related benefits associated with EITC.

EITC as a magic medicine

Children’s HealthWatch Principal Investigator, Dr. Megan Sandel, delivered remarks at the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Statewide Kick-Off in Springfield, Massachusetts on Friday, January 27, 2017.

Social Determinants Across the Life Course: The Need to Invest in Families

On December 5th, 2016, Children’s HealthWatch Principal Investigator, Dr. Megan Sandel, presented at the The Root Cause Coalition’s First Annual National Summit on the Social Determinants of Health on December 5 – 6, 2016 at The Drake Hotel in Chicago, IL.

Intersection of Health and Housing Webinar

On October 4th, 2016, Children’s HealthWatch and Crescendo Consulting co-presented a webinar on the “Intersection of Health and Housing.”. Healthcare providers, researchers, policy advocates and community organizers are finding themselves at the intersections of housing and health. As new research and innovative approaches that seek to better understand and address the convergent housing and health needs of […]

Unintended Consequences: Family health and well-being and the SNAP cliff effect

Stephanie Ettinger de Cuba presented at “Understanding and Generating Solutions to the Cliff Effect” event on March 31st in Boston, which was co-sponsored by Children’s HealthWatch and the University of Massachusetts Boston, Center for Social Policy.   Click here to view the presentation slides.

Health and Housing 101: Understanding the Intersections

On May 11th, Children’s HealthWatch Principal Investigator, Dr. Megan Sandel was featured in Health and Housing 101: Understanding the Intersections, a webinar also featuring Eva Marie Stahl, Ph.D. from the Community Catalyst’s Alliance for Children’s Health (CCACH) team, and Janet Vivieros, MPH from  the National Housing Conference. The slides from the presentation are here

Food is Medicine: Promoting Food Security in Health Care and Community Settings

Children’s HealthWatch Senior Policy Analyst – State Policy, Richard Sheward, presented an in-depth look at how The Hunger Vital Sign (a two-question food insecurity screening tool) enables community-based hunger relief organizations and health care organizations to partner and collaborate to increase their impact and address the root causes of hunger and poverty in innovative ways. […]

Housing as a Health Care Investment for Children

On April 25th, 2016, Children’s HealthWatch Principal Investigator, Dr. Megan Sandel discussed findings from recent research conducted by Children’s HealthWatch which shows that access to affordable housing is associated with lower risk of hospitalization among infants from vulnerable, low-income families. Click here to watch the webinar.