Five New Studies to Probe Pandemic’s Impact on Vulnerable Urban Populations

Originally published on The Brink. How is COVID-19 impacting Boston’s young families? Megan Sandel, BU School of Medicine (MED) associate professor of pediatrics and School of Public Health (SPH) associate professor of environmental health, and Deborah A. Frank, MED professor of pediatrics and SPH assistant professor of community health sciences Children aren’t COVID-19’s usual victims—medically. But […]


Loaves And Fishes: Nutrition’s Impact On Children

Originally published on Positively Naperville. Since the onset of COVID-19, food insecurity has increased dramatically. The U.S. Food Security Scale states that one in five families with children under the age of six struggles to provide enough food to lead active, healthy lives and are food insecure. Currently, 64% of clients that receive food at Loaves […]


Why more renters are being evicted in the middle of the pandemic

Originally published on PBS News Hour. Transcript: William Brangham: What’s pushing many renters over that edge is the economic fallout from the pandemic. One recent survey found up to a third of all renters weren’t able to pay rent in April. That’s causing housing advocates to warn of what they see as a worst-case scenario, […]


Barriers to Food Access in Latinx Community, Point to Deep Systemic Inequities and Discrimination

Only Further Exacerbated by the COVID-19 Pandemic, Researchers Report Association Between Experiences of Discrimination with Food Insecurity among East Boston Latinx Community. Alongside These Challenges, Findings Illuminate Strong Social Bonds Families May Draw Support from in Times of Crisis. BOSTON (July 7, 2020) — Children’s HealthWatch, a non-partisan research and policy network headquartered at Boston […]

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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 […]

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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 […]