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Thursday, October 15, 2020 – Please Join Us For Barriers to Health Care Access for Families with Children Town Hall

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Tuesday, October 6, 2020 – Please Join Us For Hunger to Health In COVID and Beyond: Food Policy as Health Policy

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Tuesday, September 29, 2020 – Please Join Us For Early Education & Care: Key to Healthy Children and a Productive Workforce

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Tell Congress and the White House: Pass and Enact a COVID-19 Relief Deal that Supports Families!

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Looming wave of evictions, housing instability poses threat to health

Originally published on The Hour. Dr. Megan Sandel, an associate professor of pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine, said the pattern of evictions often follow the historic trends of disinvestment in communities from redlining, the unequal treatment in lending faced by many communities of color. “You see this perpetuation of housing discrimination even to […]

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Nutritional assistance program needed to treat increasing food insecurity among children and their families

Originally published on Medical Xpress. A new perspective published in Pediatrics warns of the detrimental consequences food insecurity can have on children and families. Written by pediatric health experts from Children’s HealthWatch, based at Boston Medical Center, the perspective highlights the importance of protecting and enhancing SNAP benefits given the financial challenges facing millions of families, particularly […]

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Blog by Miao Gong, Intern at Children’s HealthWatch

I’m 7 years old, walking hand-in-hand with my grandpa going to buy groceries for the week. It’s a hot summer day in Chicago and I know it’s going to rain later because the humidity was making grandpa’s joints ache and my stray hairs fly up. We walk into the store, which is tucked into the […]

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SNAP Is Medicine for Food Insecurity

As we awoke this month to another dispiriting report of the numbers of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infections and deaths, a new set of horrifying statistics hit the airwaves. By the end of April 2020, 2 in 5 households with children <12 were food insecure (meaning they were unable to afford enough food for all […]

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Pandemic unemployment assistance necessary to maintain nation’s health

Originally published on The Hill. The $600 weekly Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) has expired and is gone until Congress acts. Opponents of continuing the PUA cite a fictional entitlement myth, just like Reagan’s welfare queen — namely that people will refuse to work, staying at home and living off government largesse if they make more on unemployment than […]

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Children’s HealthWatch Submits Testimony on MA’s Economic Development Bill Negotiations

On August 19th, Children HealthWatch submitted testimony to the MA Legislature Conference Committee working on the Economic Development bill. As the Conference Committee considers the reconciliation of H.4887 and S.2874, “An Act enabling partnerships for growth”, Children’s HealthWatch urged them to include several provisions that are critical to promoting family health through creating and preserving […]