Our children are in trouble if we don’t pass Biden’s child allowance

Originally published on The Hill. Many of the pandemic’s effects are widely known — the lives lost, the businesses that have shut their doors, the families that are going hungry, the women who are being forced out of the job market, and the disproportionate impacts of all of this on lower-income families and communities of […]

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Thousands Wait In Lines At Food Pantries. They Could Be Shopping At Grocery Stores

Originally published on GBH. A growing number of people in Massachusetts are accessing SNAP benefits. Between March and June of last year, households enrolled in SNAP grew by 19% over pre-pandemic rates, according to the Department of Transitional Assistance, which oversees the SNAP program in Massachusetts. Yet, by the DTA’s own estimates, more than 700,000 […]


Children’s HealthWatch Statement on Biden’s Recent Executive Orders

Children’s HealthWatch, a pediatric research and policy network on the frontlines of pediatric care, applauds recent actions from the Biden-Harris Administration. With over 20 years of research investigating the health impact of economic conditions and inequities, we anticipate that these measures will improve the health and well-being of children and their families, in particular among […]

Friday, January 29, 2021 – Please Join Us For The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) Statewide Kickoff


For good health outcomes, we need good housing incomes

Originally published on The Boston Globe. As primary care physicians, we are accustomed to receiving hard news from our patients. A recent message came in the form of a text message, a string of crying emojis, from a patient who had already suffered so much Jean (name changed for privacy) though only in her mid-30s, […]

Friday, December 18, 2020 – Social Epidemiology of Covid-19 in the Population Served by St. Chris


Children’s HealthWatch Submits a Letter to the Massachusetts Legislature Conference Committee on FY21 Budget Negotiations

On November 23rd, Children HealthWatch submitted a letter to Massachusetts legislators, Representative Aaron Michelwitz, Senator Michael J. Rodrigues, Representative Denise Garlick, Senator Cindy Friedman, Representative Todd Smola, and Senator Patrick M͘ O͛ Connor. We urged them to include several provisions in the FY21 budget that are critical to promoting the health and well-being of children […]


Coronavirus Means School Food is Free. What if it Stayed That Way?

Originally published on Ozy. Worry is an early symptom of what those who monitor hunger refer to as “food insecurity,” a spectrum that begins with a person’s concern that they won’t be able to buy food and extends to reduced or missed meals, or “very low food security” in the USDA parlance. “Food insecurity, it […]


Public health officials fear evictions could worsen COVID-19 spike in Mass.

Originally published on The Boston Globe. “The people who are struggling to pay rent could be your grocery worker, your delivery worker, your cleaner, your parent’s home care worker,” said Karen Chen, executive director of the Chinese Progressive Association. “You want them to be healthy. You want them to have a safe and healthy place […]