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Baby, it’s cold outside…and inside, it isn’t much better

For many children and families across the nation, snow and cold weather signal joyous memories of missed school days to go sledding and drink hot cocoa. However, for low income and poor families, the cold signals something more serious: the impending challenge to adequately and affordably warm their homes without sacrificing other necessities, such as […]

The Winter that Still Refuses to End

While the exceptionally hard winter we New Englanders and many others across this nation recently experienced is fading into remote, faint memories for most of us, for others its effects still linger. Even though we have packed away our winter coats and pulled out our T-shirts, shorts and tank tops, many families are still struggling […]

Listening to stories, documenting the need for change: Interviewing mothers in the Emergency Department

As Research Assistants for Children’s HealthWatch, our job is to conduct interviews in the Pediatric Emergency Department (ED) at Boston Medical Center with parents, predominantly mothers, of very young children. The interview is voluntary and most parents choose to participate. You might think that mothers would be hesitant to tell us about their living situation, […]