2019 Children’s Healthwatch Celebration Invitation

Hello everyone!

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

To donate or sponsor electronically, please click here.

2019 CHW Fall Sponsorship Levels

To donate or sponsor by check, please make checks payable to Children’s HealthWatch and send to:

Boston Medical Center
Children’s HealthWatch
Joe Eugenio
One Boston Medical Center Place
Vose Hall, 4th floor, Room 421
Boston, MA 02118

To make an in-kind donation, i.e. flowers, food, etc., please contact Cerlyn Cantave at cerlyn.cantave@bmc.org or 617-414-5019.

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.

“Home is Where Health Is” Blog Series

Our Housing Policy Briefs & Reports 

Our Other Publications Throughout the Years

Timeline: Achievements/Highlights/Testimonies

Children’s HealthWatch: Over 65,000 caregivers interviewed 43 Peer Reviewed Journal Articles 85 Policy Publications Sites in 5 Cities Across the United States 20 Years


Dr. Deborah Frank and colleagues launched the Children’s Sentinel Nutrition Assessment Program (C-SNAP) in 6 cities


Dr. Deborah A. Frank testifies before the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry on expanding the Food Stamps program.


Paper on food insecurity in infants and toddlers by John Cook, PhD, Boston PI, published in Nutrition in Clinical Care


Dr. Deborah A. Frank testifies before the Subcommittee on Human Resources on Welfare Reform Reauthorization.


Philadelphia site opens with Dr. Mariana Chilton at the helm


“Heat or Eat” paper published


Dr. Deborah A. Frank testifies before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Budget during the Farm Bill Reauthorization Hearing.


“Fuel for Our Future” report published in collaboration with former U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy II & Congressman Michael Capuano


C-SNAP changes its name to Children’s HealthWatch


Launch of Witnesses to Hunger, founded by Dr. Mariana Chilton, in Philadelphia


Dr. Frank named “the woman who saved SNAP” due to her key testimony before the House on the Farm Bill


Boston Witnesses to Hunger is launched


Baltimore Witnesses to Hunger launched, along with Camden, NJ; Hartford, CT & Providence, RI


Publication of 2 item food insecurity screener paper by Erin R. Hager, PhD, in Pediatrics

2010 to present

Hunger Vital Sign™ tool created, leading to innovation & development of implementation of best practices nationally


Housing insecurity paper by Dr. Diana Cutts, Minneapolis PI, published in American Journal of Public Health


Arkansas General Assembly allocates $500K to Housing Trust Fund while advocates build Permanent Source campaign


CHW research helps to preserve “heat or eat” provision in Farm Bill


Dr. Megan Sandel testifies before the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Revenue in support of increasing the Massachusetts Earned Income Tax Credit.


MA EITC increased from 15% to 23% through efforts by CHW led Healthy Families EITC Coalition


Arkansas PI, Eduardo Ochoa, Jr., MD, FAAP, testifies before the Subcommittee on Nutrition, Committee on Agriculture, US House of Representatives


Housing Rx as Health Care project, funded by The Boston Foundation, begins


Allison Bovell-Ammon testifies before the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Revenue on bills that would fund Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Sites and expand access to the state Earned Income Tax Credit.


Healthy Families EITC Coalition successfully advocates for an expansion of EITC eligibility in the state budget enabling Massachusetts to became first state in the nation to ensure survivors of domestic violence are able to access EITC benefits.


Housing instability paper by Dr. Megan Sandel, Boston site PI, published in Pediatrics

Past Children’s HealthWatch Celebrations

Enjoy photos from our 20th Anniversary Celebration Event at the Edward M Kennedy Institute

on Saturday, September 29, 2018!

Photographs by Catherine Hodges of Catherine Hodges Photography

Check out photos from the Friendraiser that kicked off our 20th Anniversary Celebration Year

on Thursday, September 28, 2017!

Photographs by James Blanken of James Blanken Photography