An Accurate Response to Food Insecurity Craves an Apples-to-Apples Comparison

Originally posted on the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. JAND Editor-in-Chief Linda Snetselaar, PhD, RDN, LD, FAND and Ana Poblacion, PhD, MSc, one of the authors of the JAND Commentary “Comparing Food Security Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Considerations When Choosing Measures” discuss food security and food security measures and how […]


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 […]


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 […]


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. […]


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 […]


U.S. Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro is 2021 Children’s HealthWatch Champion

Originally posted on Woodbridge Town News. Children’s HealthWatch, headquartered at Boston Medical Center, has named U.S. Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro their 2021 Children’s HealthWatch Champion.  The annual award is given to “a champion who advocates for evidence-based policies that help children thrive.”  Congresswoman DeLauro, who represents Connecticut’s 3rd congressional district, was presented the award at the organization’s […]

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More than 101,000 New York City public school students faced homelessness last year

Originally posted on CBS News. A stunning new report by New York City officials highlights a major crisis facing thousands of public school students: the lack of available permanent housing. Dr. Megan Sandel, Boston Medical Center’s principal investigator of Children’s HealthWatch and co-director of The Grow Clinic, joins CBSN AM to discuss the new report […]


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 […]


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 […]