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Diluting the Dose: Cuts to SNAP benefits increased food insecurity following the Great Recession

Diluting the Dose: Cuts to SNAP benefits increased food insecurity following the Great Recession details new research on the impact of the SNAP benefit rollback in November 2013 had on food insecurity among families with young children. These findings confirm that the amount of the monthly benefit matters and that the SNAP rollback had a […]

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Nurturing Children: Solutions to Alleviate Hardships and Barriers for Families of Children with Special Health Care Needs

Over two million children in the United States under the age of five have special health care needs (SHCN) – experiencing chronic physical, developmental, emotional and behavioral conditions that require more health and related services than their peers. This policy brief is the first in a two-part series exploring economic hardships faced by families with children with SHCN […]

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When 2 + 2 = 5: How co-enrollment in public assistance programs leads to stable housing for America’s young children

By virtue of America’s disjointed patchwork of social safety net programs, many families who are eligible for one public assistance program are often eligible for others as well. While we know combining enrollment in multiple programs helps protect low-income families from adverse health outcomes, many families who are eligible for multiple programs are currently not enrolled in […]

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Building on Strength: Keeping Young Children Connected to WIC

This brief examines the health impacts of dropping out of WIC and reasons families report becoming disconnected from the program in Minnesota

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Doctor’s Orders: Promoting Healthy Child Development by Increasing Food Security in Arkansas

Parents should be able to afford to meet basic needs, including rent, utilities, medical bills, and prescriptions, and still have enough each month to pay for adequate food for all family members. Unfortunately, this is not a reality for many families in Arkansas, especially those with young children. Even those with higher levels of education […]

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Making SNAP Work for Families Leaving Poverty

Marking the third installment in the five-city Children’s HealthWatch Policy Action Brief Series, Hunger: A New Vital Sign, Children’s HealthWatch published a new Policy Action Brief – “Making SNAP Work for Families Leaving Poverty.” The Philadelphia brief sheds light on how families in Philadelphia experiencing the SNAP cliff effect (when even a modest increase in earnings results in a […]

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Steadying the Foundation: Maternal Job Stability, Safety Net Programs & Young Children’s Health

The Great Recession caused many American families to lose their jobs or have their work hours reduced. Low-income working mothers were hit particularly hard. This brief examines how maternal job loss and/or reduced work hours (job instability) increase risk of poor health for young children and their mothers. It documents how two of the largest federal safety net […]

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The Hunger Vital Sign: A New Standard of Care for Preventive Health

Drs. Erin Hager and Anna Quigg and the Children’s HealthWatch team developed the Hunger Vital Sign, a 2-question screening tool based on the US Household Food Security Scale to identify young children in households at risk of food insecurity. The Hunger Vital Sign measures families’ concerns about and access to food, much the way health care providers check other key vital signs, […]

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RX for Healthy Child Development: Nutritious, Affordable Food Promotes Health and Economic Stability for Boston Families

Marking the second installment in the five-city Children’s HealthWatch Policy Action Brief Series – Hunger: A New Vital Sign, Children’s HealthWatch published a new Policy Action Brief – RX for Healthy Child Development: Nutritious, Affordable Food Promotes Health and Economic Stability for Boston Families. The Boston brief, sheds light on the role that nutritious, affordable food plays in promoting health […]

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Food Security Protects Minnesota Children’s Health

Marking the first in a series of five briefs on food insecurity in U.S. cities, Children’s HealthWatch published a new Policy Action Brief: Food Security Protects Minnesota Children’s Health. This brief presents new Children’s HealthWatch data, which shows young children in in food-insecure Minnesota families are at greater risk of poor health, have mothers who are more likely to […]