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Statement on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization Ruling

As pediatricians and public health researchers committed to advancing health equity for all families with young children – particularly families marginalized by unjust policies and systemic racism – we are deeply disheartened by the reversal of Roe v. Wade as it will have lasting and devastating implications on the health of pregnant people and their […]

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Harness the Power of Your Story: How Storytelling Informs Policy

“If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” – Former U.S. Representative Shirley Chisholm, New York At any level, our elected officials’ fundamental role and responsibility is to reflect and advocate for the values and voices of the people and communities they represent. However, the lack of diversity among […]

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There May Be No Words, But There Are Actions

There May Be No Words, But There Are Actions At Children’s HealthWatch, we want to acknowledge the depth of grief and anger many have been experiencing in light of recent, violent acts in Uvalde Texas; Buffalo, New York; Dallas, Texas; and Laguna, California. We are equally dismayed about the persistence of violence, hate, racism, and […]

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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 more important now with food insecurity rates even higher than before COVID hit. “One of the hard lessons of the pandemic is that it showed […]

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Food insecurity rises as families lose child tax credit payments, data shows

Originally posted on NBC News. Children’s HealthWatch also found disparities in who received the money, which came to about $300 a month per child. Food insufficiency among U.S. families with children increased by 12 percent in February after child tax credit payments under a federal Covid-19 relief plan expired, according to new data from Children’s […]

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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 families with young children. Despite these positive signs, there were notable disparities in which families received the CTC – likely as result of structural racism […]

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New study shows impact of child tax credit payments for families

Originally posted on NBC News Now. A new study is showing the effects of the child tax credit and how many parents are struggling after Congress voted not to renew the payments for eligible families. NBC News’ Dasha Burns reports on why West Virginia parents are getting hit the hardest. Find the two studies cited […]

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Too Many Children Are Still Dying Young Around the World

Originally posted on Scientific Inquirer. Strong health and social systems must come together to support all children Preconception, pregnancy, and infant interventions that address child survival and nutrition have a strong influence on weight, height, and development, and serve as key indicators of future health, nutrition, education level, and intelligence quotients – if they are […]

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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 expired in February, there was a 12% increase in food insufficiency in households with children. Conclusions The pandemic and inflation continue to cause economic hardship, […]

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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, particularly in early childhood, is essential for keeping current and future generations healthy across the life span. When families lack enough resources to afford competing […]