Children’s HealthWatch and Zero to Three Letter to Farm Bill Conferees

As farm-bill conferees try to reconcile the House and Senate versions of the farm-bill before the end of the calendar year, Children’s HealthWatch and Zero to Three submitted a letter to the Chairs and Ranking Members.

Family Homelessness in the FY14 Massachusetts State Senate Budget

Dr. Deborah Frank, Children’s HealthWatch Founder and Principal Investigator, and Dr. Megan Sandel, Children’s HealthWatch Co-Principal Investigator, wrote a letter to Massachusetts State Senate President Therese Murray and Chairman Brewer, Chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, about family homeless in FY14 Senate Budget. Children’s HealthWatch remains gravely concerned about restrictions on access to emergency shelter for homeless families.

New Research: For Many Working Families Loss or Reduction of SNAP Benefits Can Cause SeriousHarm

 Children’s HealthWatch summarized our forthcoming analysis about the child health effects of lost or reduced Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. The research shows that when families lose SNAP they are more likely to be food insecure and to have a child in poor health and at risk of developmental delays. Children’s HealthWatch urges Congress […]

Pediatric Health Professionals from around the Country Know SNAP is Good Medicine

Children’s HealthWatch has released a statement titled, Pediatric Health Professionals from around the Country Know SNAP is Good Medicine, affirming our support for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) given the strong scientific evidence showing the importance of SNAP for children’s health and development. As the Senate and House work on Farm Bill legislation that will determine the funding and structure of the SNAP program for the next five years, Children’s HealthWatch urges Congress to protect and strengthen SNAP.

NEHRAN Coalition Letter to President Obama

As part of the Northeast Regional Anti-Hunger Network (NEHRAN), Children’s HealthWatch submitted a letter to President Obama about steps that can be taken by the Executive Office to eliminate Childhood Hunger.

Comments to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

Children’s HealthWatch submitted comments to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) about the effect that Question 2 Part 3 of the Form I-485 (application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status) has on immigrant families who need nutrition, medical or other assistance. The question’s wording is very unclear and can be misleading. We strongly urge […]


Dr. Megan Sandel, Children’s HealthWatch Co-Principal Investigator, submitted comments on behalf of Children’s HealthWatch to the Massachusetts State Government and the Department of Housing and Community Development.

Congressional Briefing: Child Hunger

Children’s HealthWatch Co-Principal Investigator, Dr. Maureen Black, spoke on a panel during a Congressional Briefing at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, DC. Feeding America and Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign hosted this briefing to inform legislators about the prevalence of child hunger and what they can do to connect children with […]

Masachusetts FY13 Reforms to Address Family Homelessness

Children’s HealthWatch Principal Investigators, Dr. Frank and Dr. Sandel wrote letters to Governor Patrick as well as the leadership in both the House and the Senate urging the necessity of clarifying the language in the FY 2013 budget regarding homeless shelter. Children’s HealthWatch is concerned that the regulations stipulated in the budget would limit housing options for […]

Comments on the 2012 Farm Bill: Protect SNAP; Children cannot eat retroactively

In response to the opportunity to submit feedback on the Farm Bill via the House Committee on Agriculture’s website, Children’s HealthWatch researchers submitted comments to express deep concern about the cuts to SNAP passed in the recent House budget bill, their impact on the Farm Bill and ultimately the implications for the health of children and families […]