The Affordable Housing Ripple Effect: Improving Availability of Subsidized Housing Increases Housing Stability

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Housing as a Health Care Investment: Affordable Housing Supports Children’s Health

Affordable and stable housing plays a critical role in supporting the health and well-being of children. Research from Children’s HealthWatch shows public investment in housing—including housing for homeless families and rental assistance for food-insecure families—improves the health outcomes of vulnerable infants and young children and lowers health care spending. The findings show that homelessness and […]

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Aspen Dialogue: “Advancing Health through Food Security: A Multi-Sector Approach to Address the Disease Burden and Costs of U.S. Food Insecurity on our Health System”

Children’s HealthWatch founder and Principal Investigator, Dr. Deborah Frank, contributed directly to the Aspen Institute final report of the Aspen Dialogue: “Advancing Health through Food Security: A Multi-Sector Approach to Address the Disease Burden and Costs of U.S. Food Insecurity on our Health System.” The report is focused on the group’s framings of the relationship […]

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Estimating the Health-Related Costs of Food Insecurity and Hunger

A new study by Children’s HealthWatch Principal Investigator, Dr. John Cook and Ana Poblacion, commissioned by Bread for the World Institute shows that last year alone, hunger and food insecurity increased health expenditures in the United States by $160 billion. The study is highlighted in the Institute’s new report, The Nourishing Effect: Ending Hunger, Improving […]

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Compounding Stress: The Timing and Duration Effects of Homelessness on Children’s Health

New research from Children’s Health Watch highlighted in a joint brief with the Center for Housing Policy at the National Housing Conference shows the younger and longer a child experiences homelessness, the greater the cumulative toll of negative health outcomes, which can have lifelong effects on the child, the family and the community.

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The Impacts of Increasing Household Energy Prices on Health and Health Care Costs in New York State

Children’s HealthWatch conducted research for this Entergy whitepaper, which seeks to quantify some of the most prominent health care costs attributable to increasing energy prices in New York State and New York City.

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Punishing Hard Work: The Unintended Consequences of Cutting SNAP Benefits

New Children’s HealthWatch research shows that increases in income that trigger loss of nutrition assistance benefits can leave young children in poor health and without enough food to eat. These data suggest that young children from families that have been cut off from SNAP or had their SNAP benefits reduced when their income exceeds eligibility limits […]

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Feeding Our Human Capital: Food Insecurity and Tomorrow’s Workforce

Two new research briefs by Children’s HealthWatch show that access to an adequate, healthy diet (also known as food security) during early childhood is essential for developing the skills that children need in school and, later, in the workforce. The first brief, Too Hungry to Learn, illustrates the strong connections between food security in early […]

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Too Hungry to Learn: Food Insecurity and School Readiness

Two new research briefs by Children’s HealthWatch show that access to an adequate, healthy diet (also known as food security) during early childhood is essential for developing the skills that children need in school and, later, in the workforce. The first brief, Too Hungry to Learn, illustrates the strong connections between food security in early childhood and the […]

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Food Insecurity Among Children in Massachusetts: Dislocation and Pathways in Youth at Risk Part 2: Children in Need

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