Risk and Protective Factors Associated with Prevalence of VLFS in Children among Children of Foreign-Born Mothers

Abstract: This research examined VLFS in children among households with foreign-born (FB) mothers compared to US-born mothers through three research questions: Is mother’s foreign-born status (FBS) associated with VLFS in […]

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Children’s advocates want universal free school lunches to continue

Originally posted on The Boston Herald. Advocates are calling on state lawmakers to extend free meals at schools, a program that came into place during the pandemic and is even […]


The Child Tax Credit Benefits Whole Families: Preliminary data show improved food security and parental health

Summary of Findings New preliminary data from Children’s HealthWatch highlight linkages between Child Tax Credit (CTC) receipt and food security as well as excellent or good parental health status among […]


Food insufficiency in families with children increased after expiration of Child Tax Credit monthly payments

Summary Advance Child Tax Credit payments that distributed monthly cash payments for children were associated with a 26% reduction in food insufficiency in households with children. After the advance CTC […]


For 25 Years, Food Security Has Included a Nutrition Domain: Is a New Measure of Nutrition Security Needed?

Originally Posted in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (JAND) THE US HOUSEHOLD FOOD SECURITY SURVEY MODULE AND ITS RELATIONSHIP WITH NUTRITION Access to adequate, nutritious food, […]

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A key centerpiece for health in schools: free lunch

Originally posted on The Boston Globe. Ripple effect of these meals is widely felt. Re “Advocates seek to keep school lunch free” (Page A1, March 26): Free school meals directly […]


Validation of an Abbreviated Child and Adult Food Security Scale (ACAFSS)

Originally presented at the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy “25 Years of Food Security Measurement” Conference. Food insecurity is a national public health issue, affecting 14.8% of […]


Children’s HealthWatch Comments on USPSTF Draft Research Plan: Preventive Services for Food Insecurity

On March 23, 2022, Children’s HealthWatch submitted comments to the USPSTF Coordinator on the Draft Research Plan for “Preventive Services for Food Insecurity.” The commentary addresses 5 proposed key questions, […]


Doctors and health systems find novel ways to address hunger and its causes

Originally posted on Fern’s AG Insider. Allison Bovell-Ammon, director of policy strategy at Children’s HealthWatch, an advocacy and research organization headquartered at Boston Medical Center, described some of the ways […]


For Immigrant Mothers, WIC Nutrition Program Led to Healthier Infant Birth Weights

Originally posted on HealthCity. The Bottom Line | Participation in Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) during pregnancy by immigrant mothers with low incomes is associated with healthier […]