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The immigrant birthweight paradox in an urban cohort: Role of immigrant enclaves and ambient air pollution

Immigrants are a rapidly growing population in the United States (US). By the year 2065, immigrants and subsequent generations will account for 88% of the country’s growth or ~103 million people [1]. As such, research that investigates drivers of perinatal health outcomes among immigrants is critical for shaping the health of future generations. Low birthweight […]

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Why one senator just blew up Joe Biden’s presidential plans

Originally posted on CBC News. The Build Back Better bill passed by the House of Representatives offered paid parental leave for a country that lacks it, universal preschool, cheaper child care for 20 million children, lower costs for some drugs including insulin, savings for families using the Obamacare health system, and funding for one million […]

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Hunger Stunts Growth of American Babies as Inflation Hits Hard

Originally posted on Bloomberg. Underfed children are falling behind the growth curve in some high-risk areas, while other families turn to cheaper, less-nutritious foods to fill up. Both will have lasting impacts. One-year-olds are falling further behind the growth curve at a Boston clinic that treats toddlers so underweight their brain development is at risk. […]

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The expanded child tax credit is a success. So naturally, it has to end.

Originally posted in The Boston Globe. And it turns out that simply giving struggling parents a little cash can fix a lot, and fast. The payments have slashed poverty and hunger rates, lifting millions of kids into healthier, more secure lives. Without the cash boost, some 160,000 kids could be pushed back below the poverty […]

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Can the Hunger Vital Sign™ act as a prescreen for other social needs?

Over the past decade, the health care community has demonstrated growing interest in and commitment to addressing social determinants of health (SDOH) and patients’ social needs – the midstream manifestations of the impact of SDOH1 – in clinical settings. Four out of 5 US hospitals demonstrate leadership commitment to systematically address social needs as part […]

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Failure to Thrive or Growth Faltering: Medical, Developmental/Behavioral, Nutritional, and Social Dimensions

Practice Gap Beyond recognizing the medical and nonmedical dimensions that often interact to cause childhood growth faltering and malnutrition, it is important to understand the role of pediatric feeding disorders, to screen for and address social determinants of health, and to understand the multidisciplinary model of treatment. Objectives After completing this article, readers should be able […]

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The American Rescue Plan Act, A Critical Opportunity To Improve Child and Family Health

Originally posted on HealthAffairs. The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) provides a critical opportunity to improve child and family health and well-being by reducing the poverty and food insecurity that too many families, especially families of color, experience. The ARPA expands the benefits and eligibility of the income support programs, the Child Tax Credit (CTC) […]

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Supporting Young Children with Disabilities: Solutions for Improving Food Security

High costs associated with raising a child with disabilities can strain the family budget and lead to trade-offs between basic needs. Children’s HealthWatch research demonstrated that families of children with SHCN who receive SSI were more likely to be food insecure compared with families of children with SHCN not receiving SSI.

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The Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit: Prescriptions for Healthy Families

Together, the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) provide a meaningful hand up to millions of families across the United States. Unfortunately, the strength of the EITC and CTC are both at risk of being undermined. Several key provisions of the EITC and CTC are set to expire at the end […]