Association of Food Insecurity with Children’s Behavioral, Emotional, and Academic Outcomes: A Systematic Review

ABSTRACT: Objective: Food Insecurity (FI) occurs in 21% of families with children and adolescents in the United States, but the potential developmental and behavioral implications of this prevalent social determinant of health have not been comprehensively elucidated. This systematic review aims to examine the association between FI and childhood developmental and behavioral outcomes in western […]


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.


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 […]

‘‘Do You Wanna Breathe or Eat?’’: Parent Perspectives on Child Health Consequences of Food Insecurity, Trade-Offs, and Toxic Stress

This study among 51 parents of young children under age four investigated how parents that report marginal, low and very low food security characterize how trade-offs associated with food insecurity affect parents’ mental health and child well-being.Parents described how trade-offs associated with food insecurity have a profound relationship with their mental health and home environment that strongly affects young children. Partnerships between healthcare […]

NHC 2015 Annual Policy Symposium: How Housing Can Help Individuals and Families Succeed

Children’s HealthWatch Principal Investigator, Dr. Megan Sandel, presented at the National Housing Conference Annual Policy Symposium, “How Housing Can Help Individuals and Families Succeed”, on Friday, June 12, 2015 in Washington, D.C. Dr. Sandel gave a presentation that discussed results of recent research on health impacts of homelessness on children and expectant mothers.


Building on Strength: Keeping Young Children Connected to WIC

This brief examines the health impacts of dropping out of WIC and reasons families report becoming disconnected from the program in Minnesota


Compounding Stress: The Timing and Duration Effects of Homelessness on Children’s Health

New research from Children’s Health Watch highlighted in a joint brief with the Center for Housing Policy at the National Housing Conference shows the younger and longer a child experiences homelessness, the greater the cumulative toll of negative health outcomes, which can have lifelong effects on the child, the family and the community.

Nutrition and Brain Development

On Aug 18 Dr. Diana Cutts led two 30-minute sessions on the topic of Nutrition and Brain Development fir Parents In Community Action.

Using Safe and Affordable Housing as a Vaccine for Healthier Children

Children’s HealthWatch Principal Investigator, Dr. Megan Sandel, was the keynote speaker at the 2014 Urban Land Institute Housing Opportunity conference in Denver. Click here to read the full article.

1000 Days Initiative Roundtable

Spoke on child health and development at the 1000 Days Initiative Roundtable in Washington, DC.