Written Testimony to the Joint Committee on Ways and Means and the House Committee on Federal Stimulus and Census Oversight

On September 22, 2021, Children’s HeathWatch submitted testimony to inform the distribution plan for the $4.8 billion in federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding in Massachusetts. In this testimony, Children’s HealthWatch urges the Committees to allocate a portion of the funds to programs that reduce health disparities in the Commonwealth. Specifically, we strongly advocate […]

Children’s HealthWatch Comments in Response to the Request for Information from the Congressional Caucus on SDOH

On September 21, 2021, Children’s HealthWatch responded to a request for information from the Congressional Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) Caucus. The first section of the response covers our experience with SDOH challenges, and we answer questions about which specific SDOH challenges our organization has seen to have the most impact on health, as well […]

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Children’s HealthWatch Is Deeply Concerned With the Consequences of the Supreme Court’s Decision to Overturn the National Eviction Moratorium

As a network of pediatricians and child health researchers, Children’s HealthWatch is deeply concerned with the impending and devastating consequences of the Supreme Court’s decision on August 26th to overturn the national eviction moratorium. Issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in response to the alarming health implications of eviction during the […]

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Children’s HealthWatch Applauds the USDA’s Re-Evaluation of the Thrifty Food Plan

Children’s HealthWatch applauds the USDA’s re-evaluation of the Thrifty Food Plan. As a network of pediatricians and public health researchers, Children’s HealthWatch commends the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for its commitment to making evidence-based decisions in its recent re-evaluation of the Thrifty Food Plan (TFP).  The TFP is the cost basis for the […]

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Written Testimony to the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Housing

On August 12th, Children’s HealthWatch submitted testimony in support of H.1434/S.891: “An Act to prevent COVID-19 evictions and foreclosures and promote an equitable housing recovery”.  Currently, the state has an opportunity to prevent evictions and improve the health of young children and their families by enacting H.1434/S.891. This bill – which protects tenants and homeowners […]

Written Testimony to the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Racial Equity, Civil Rights, and Inclusion of their Recommendations to Advance Racial Equity

On July 23rd, Children’s HealthWatch submitted written testimony before the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Racial Equity, Civil Rights, and Inclusion of recommendations that the Committee supports a number of bills that will advance equity for children in Massachusetts across the following areas: Promote racial health equity by closing income and wealth gaps Improve the health […]

Written Testimony to the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities in Support of the Evaluation of Governmental Services on Children and Families

On July 23rd, Children’s HealthWatch submitted written testimony before the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities in support of the Senate Bill 135 and House Bill 185, “An Act requiring the evaluation of governmental services on children and families of the Commonwealth.” Having a role in the healthcare of the Commonwealth’s […]

Written Testimony to the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Health Care Financing in Support of Closing the SNAP Gap and Expanding Access to MassHealth

On July 23rd, Children’s HealthWatch submitted written testimony before the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Health Care Financing in support of the Senate Bill 761 and House Bill 1290, “An Act to streamline access to critical public health and safety-net programs through common applications.” By passing this bill and creating a common application portal so that […]

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Children’s HealthWatch Comments on Advancing Racial Justice and Equity and Support for Underserved Communities at USDA

On July 15, Children HealthWatch submitted comments to USDA regarding its plan to advance racial justice and equity. We elaborate on ways to identify and eliminate barriers in USDA programs and services, and suggest strategies that would allow USDA to establish and maintain connections to a more diverse set of stakeholders representing underserved communities. Additionally, […]

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Children’s HealthWatch Response to OMB Request for Information on Methods and Leading Practices for Advancing Equity and Support for Underserved Communities through Government

On July 6, Children HealthWatch submitted a comment on the Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President’s Request for Information, “Methods and Leading Practices for Advancing Equity and Support for Underserved Communities through Government” published in the Federal Register on May 5, 2021. We provide supporting materials and respond to Area 1 […]