Cerlyn Cantave, MS, ALO

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The State of Hunger in Massachusetts

Dear Reader,  We began this research in October 2019 in an effort to better understand how significant — or insignificant — a role systemic barriers, institutional racism, and discrimination played into a community’s experience of food insecurity. Despite being one of the wealthiest states in one of the wealthiest nations in the world, food insecurity […]


The Fire This Time

An accompaniment to our statement of solidarity.  By Cerlyn Cantave, Engagement, Equity & Inclusion Associate of Children’s HealthWatch Written in 1963 at the height of segregation and the Civil Rights Movement, James Baldwin’s seminal work, The Fire Next Time, delves into both the mistreatment of Black men (with a call to channel their anger into activism), […]


House Dems Push Family, Child Tax Credits For Virus Relief

Originally published on Law360. Expanding earned income, child and dependent care tax credits would help working families survive the recession caused by the coronavirus pandemic, House Democrats said Thursday at a hearing to build support for the next round of virus relief legislation. Economic assistance provided to families under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security […]

Thursday, June 18, 2020 – House Committee on Ways and Means’ Hearing on “Tax Relief to Support Workers and Families During The COVID-19 Recession”


Allison Bovell-Ammon’s Testimony To The House Ways And Means Committee On Tax Relief to Support Workers and Families During The COVID-19 Recession

On June 18th, Allison Bovell-Ammon, Director of Policy Strategy, testified virtually to the House of Representative’s Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures, on how the current recession is exacerbating health disparities and pushing families deeper into poverty. Children and families struggling to afford basic needs cannot continue to wait. Using the […]


ULI Members in Action: Housing Organizations Enter the Fight against COVID-19

COVID-19 has hit many communities hard, often in disproportionate ways. Individuals and families who live in public and affordable housing are generally more at risk for contracting and dying from this disease due to previously inequitable social determinants of health conditions; they are also being affected economically. Often working low-wage jobs with little to no […]


Re-Opening Schools Safely: The Case for Collaboration, Constructive Disruption of Pre-COVID Expectations, and Creative Solutions

In the US, 40% of families have school-aged children and in more than 90% of these households, at least one parent is employed outside the home. Schools play an important role in these working families. Yet schools have been closed for approximately 2 months in an effort to curb the COVID-19 pandemic and closing has had […]


It’s Time To Prioritize The Health And Well-Being Of Black Families And Children

Dear Friends, Partners and Supporters, As health professionals, we condemn, in the strongest possible language, structural racism in all its forms. We all are witnessing the consequences of unchecked, normalized, and institutionalized racism and discrimination in our country. Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Nina Pop, and George Floyd are names in an endless list […]