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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

Click here to read the full report.

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The SNAP Vaccine: Boosting Children’s Health

New research by Children’s HealthWatch finds that SNAP significantly decreases family and child food insecurity.  The analysis also showed that compared to children who are likely eligible but not receiving SNAP, children receiving SNAP were less likely to be underweight or at risk for developmental delays. The medical evidence shows that SNAP is an effective vaccine […]

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Real Cost of a Healthy Diet: 2011

In new research conducted at the Philadelphia site of Children’s HealthWatch, we replicated the 2008 study, Coming Up Short: High Food Costs Outstrip Food Stamp Benefits, examining the affordability and accessibility of healthy food in three types of stores in Philadelphia.  The study showed that families of four who receive the maximum SNAP benefit experience a […]

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Behind Closed Doors: The hidden health impact of being behind on rent

New research by Children’s HealthWatch finds that families who are behind on rent are more likely to have children in fair or poor health, at risk of developmental delays, and a mother who has symptoms of depression compared to families who are not behind on rent.  Strikingly, the negative health impacts of being behind on rent are […]