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What if the best way to alleviate food insecurity is to help people build their credit scores?

It makes intuitive sense that a low-income family, paying expensive rent, might experience food insecurity. Research shows that when people run low on money, groceries are often one of the first bills to trim. “Rent eats first. Households are forced to pay their rent because they need a place to stay,” says Andrew Aurand, vice president […]

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Home Is Where The Health Is

Megan Sandel MED ’96 fights for children: For the child struggling to breathe because his family’s apartment is laden with mold. For the child being poisoned by the lead that lurks in her home’s water supply. For the child who has no home at all. As a nationally recognized expert on housing and its connection […]

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Children’s Healthwatch’s Testimony For H.173/S.58: An Act Relative To Economic Mobility For Families With Low-Incomes

On November 19th, Children’s HealthWatch submitted a testimony to Chairwoman Chang-Diaz, Chairwoman Khan, and members of the Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities. Currently, the state has opportunities to improve the health of young children and reduce economic hardship by enacting legislation that responds to the realities of families with young children. […]

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Rep. Richard Neal, quoting Ronald Reagan, makes case for expanding earned income, child tax credit

SPRINGFIELD — Research suggests expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit, like U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal wants to do, would boost 1.9 million Massachusetts families, giving a quarter of the state’s population tax cuts or refunds averaging $1,820 in 2020. “And the best part about it is that it is […]

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Children’s HealthWatch’s Public Comment To Oppose DOS’ Interim Final Rule On Visas Ineligibility Based On Public Charge Grounds

On November 11th, Children’s HealthWatch submitted a public comment on the Department of State’s (DOS) interim final rule for “Visas: Ineligibility Based on Public Charge Grounds”. The changes detailed in this rule would effectively only allow the wealthy to be granted visas. Furthermore, the proposed changes to public charge criteria will discriminate against individuals from […]

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Children’s HealthWatch’s Public Comment To Oppose DOJ’s Proposed Rule On DNA-Sample Collection From Immigration Detainees

On November 11th, Children’s HealthWatch submitted a public comment on the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) proposed rule for “DNA-Sample Collection From Immigration Detainees”. If passed the proposed rule would change how the DOJ implements the DNA Fingerprint Act of 2005, which authorized the collection of DNA samples from individuals arrested or detained by federal authorities. […]

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Children’s HealthWatch’s Public Comment To Oppose DOS’ Interim Final Rule On Immigrant Health Coverage

On October 31st, Children’s HealthWatch submitted a public comment on the Department of State’s (DOS) interim final rule for “Notice of Information collection Under OMB Emergency Review: Immigrant Health Insurance Coverage”. We oppose this rule change in the strongest possible terms because it undermines the nation’s health and the health of children and families by […]

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Children’s HealthWatch’s Second Public Comment To Oppose The Proposed Changes To Categorical Eligibility In The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) During The Reopening Of The Comment Period

On October 31st, Children’s HealthWatch submitted a second public comment on the Food and Nutrition Service’s (FNS) Notice of Public Rule Making (NPRM) for “Revision of Categorical Eligibility in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); Reopening of Comment Period” published on July 24, 2019 and reopened on October 18, 2019. In light of new analyses, […]

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The Hunger Vital Sign Identifies Household Food Insecurity Among Children in Emergency Departments and Primary Care

This study aimed: (1) to examine the sensitivity and specificity of the 2-item Hunger Vital Sign against the 18-item Household Food Security Survey Module (HFSSM) in identifying young children in food insecure households in emergency department and primary care sites and (2) to examine associations between food insecurity and adverse health conditions. We conducted cross-sectional […]

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Children’s HealthWatch’s Public Comment To Oppose HUD’s Rule Change Of The Fair Housing Act’s Disparate Impact Standard

On October 16th, Children’s HealthWatch submitted a public comment on the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Notice of Public Rule Making (NPRM) for “HUD’s Implementation of the Fair Housing Act’s Disparate Impact Standard” published on August 19, 2019. We strongly oppose the rule change that will threaten the health and well-being of protected […]