New evidence sheds light on the impact of civil unrest on mothers’ daily routines and emotional well-being

On April 12, 2015, in Baltimore, Maryland, police officers arrested Freddie Gray, a 25 year-old African American man, who subsequently sustained neck and spinal injuries while in a police vehicle. His death led to protests across the city and erupted in civil unrest: fires, property destruction, and violence. A state of emergency was declared from […]

Civil Unrest in the Context of Chronic Community Violence: Impact on Maternal Depressive Symptoms

Objectives: To examine changes in maternal–child health surrounding the April 2015 civil unrest in Baltimore, Maryland, following Freddie Gray’s death while in police custody. Methods: We conducted cross-sectional Children’s HealthWatch surveys January 2014 through December 2015 in pediatric emergency departments and primary care clinics on maternal–child health and June 2015 through October 2015 on daily […]


Baltimore Mothers’ Stable Employment Promotes Child and Family Health

This Policy Brief presents new Children’s HealthWatch data on how Baltimore mothers’ difficulty in maintaining stable employment is linked to health problems in children’s crucial first years of life. The Great Recession resulted in job loss and reduced work hours for many Americans; many jobs are yet to be replaced. In 2012, Marylanders experienced a […]


Healthy Moms: Improving the Quality of Life for Baltimore City Mothers

Baltimore mothers with symptoms of depression or poor health have children at increased risk for developmental problems, poor health, and hospitalizations. Baltimore mothers who experience economic stressors are more likely to have symptoms of depression and poor health. Baltimore mothers with a high school education or more, or who are employed, are less likely to have symptoms of depression and poor health. […]


Stable Housing and Utilities: Keeping Baltimore’s Babies Healthy

This policy report illustrates the connection between unaffordable housing and utilities and health outcomes among young children in Baltimore MD.


Food Security: Ensuring the health of Baltimore’s babies

Food insecurity is the lack of access to enough food for an active and healthy lifestyle for all household members due to financial constraints. Families who are food insecure often limit the quality and quantity of food that is available to family members. As a result, families fill up on low-cost foods with little nutritional value. This report demonstrates the impact that food insecurity has on the health and development of children in the city of Baltimore. Furthermore, it examines the role of nutrition-related public assistance programs (i.e.: Food Stamps, WIC) in food insecure families.