Welcome to the event webpage for our 2nd Annual Children’s HealthWatch Celebration! We are looking forward to seeing you there on Thursday, October 10, 2019 at the Hiebert Lounge located at the Boston University School of Medicine. You can RSVP here. This page will provide up-to-the-minute updates, announcements and pertinent event information, so stay tuned!
Last year, our inaugural celebration highlighted our 20th anniversary with the theme of looking back (on our work) while forging ahead (with new innovations and research areas). This year’s theme, “Home is Where Health Is”, focuses on housing instability, its impact on child and family health, and how Children’s HealthWatch research informs policies that can positively change lives and communities.
One woman who embodies our mission to change lives and communities through her own work is Diane Yentel, the President & CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), and this year’s Children’s HealthWatch Champion Award recipient. For nearly twenty years, Diane has been in the trenches of affordable housing and community development, and is considered one of the premier affordable housing policy experts in the field. We are more than thrilled to recognize her dedication and passion in advocating for those who are often overlooked, dismissed and rendered voiceless. Learn more about this phenomenal champion below.
Now more than ever, the work that Children’s HealthWatch does matters: We are seeing an unprecedented assault on health supports and safety net programs–and the communities who depend on them. Sharing sound, timely and relevant data and research backed by facts and science not only brings attention to the effectiveness of these programs to protect child and family health, but also issues a clarion call to take action against the very real and imminent dangers posed by dismantling them.
Children thrive when we respond to their realities. Let’s make sure they’re safe, healthy and happy ones–for all of them.
The Children’s HealthWatch Team
Click here for A Special Message from Diane Yentel
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Meet Diane Yentel, the 2019 Children’s HealthWatch
Champion Award Recipient!
Diane Yentel is the recipient of 2019 Children’s HealthWatch Champion Award, and the President and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), a membership organization dedicated solely to achieving socially just public policy that ensures people with the lowest incomes in the United States have affordable and decent homes. She is a veteran affordable housing policy expert with nearly two decades of work on affordable housing and community development. Before rejoining NLIHC (where she previously worked as a policy analyst), Diane was Vice President of Public Policy and Government Affairs at Enterprise Community Partners, where she led federal, state and local policy, research and advocacy programs. Prior to Enterprise, Diane was the director of the Public Housing Management and Occupancy Division at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), where she managed a team overseeing the development and implementation of nationwide public housing policies, procedures, and guidelines. She also worked to advance affordable housing policies with Oxfam America and the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless and served for 3 years as a community development Peace Corps volunteer in Zambia.
As a longtime partner of Children’s HealthWatch in the housing advocacy space, she deeply values the importance of data and research in spurring change and has seen firsthand how our research conveys how negatively unstable housing, hunger and the inability to pay utility bills can affect young children’s health and development and our families’ well-being. NLIHC has utilized our research as we worked with them and our other partners, the National Alliance to End Homelessness and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities to create, launch and lead the Opportunity Starts at Home campaign, a long-term, multi-sector campaign to meet the rental housing needs of the nation’s lowest-income people.
Diane is frequently quoted in major media outlets, and has testified multiple times before Congress. She has a Masters in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin.