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The State of Hunger in Massachusetts

Dear Reader,  We began this research in October 2019 in an effort to better understand how significant — or insignificant — a role systemic barriers, institutional racism, and discrimination played into a community’s experience of food insecurity. Despite being one of the wealthiest states in one of the wealthiest nations in the world, food insecurity […]


Electronic Medical Record–Based Referrals to Community Nutritional Assistance for Food-Insecure Patients

Food insecurity, defined as the lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life, has consistently been associated with poor health outcomes and higher health care costs. To address this issue, a food resource referral was integrated into Hennepin County Medical Center’s (HCMC) electronic medical record (EMR) at the hospital, outpatient clinics, […]


‘I Know You’re Angry With Me Right Now Because You’re Hungry’

Originally published on The New York Times.  Infants and toddlers in food-insecure households were at higher risk for iron deficiency, experienced more hospitalizations and were generally in worse health than children who had enough to eat, according to data collected by Children’s HealthWatch, a network of public health researchers who study how economic conditions impact young […]


Pressures Rise for Food-Insecure Families As Schools Remain Closed

Originally published on BMC Health City.  It’s been a month since Governor Charlie Baker shuttered Massachusetts’ public schools to help slow the spread of coronavirus. Now, as tens of thousands of students in the Greater Boston area are at home with their families for the remainder of the school year, experts worry many children who […]

Pilot would measure impact of healthy foods on patients

Originally published on The Herald News. BOSTON — Healthy eating can help limit the impact of chronic diseases and drive down total health care costs, experts said Tuesday as they called for the Legislature to launch a medical nutrition pilot program. Several panels of doctors, caseworkers and social service agency leaders pressed the Health Care […]


Children’s HealthWatch And Founder Dr. Deborah Frank Receive National Anti-Hunger Advocacy Award

WASHINGTON, March 3, 2020 — The Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) awarded the Dr. Raymond Wheeler/Senator Paul Wellstone Anti-Hunger Advocacy Leadership Award to Children’s HealthWatch, headquartered at Boston Medical Center, and its founder and principal investigator, Deborah Frank, MD. The award was presented during the 2020 National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference, held in Washington, D.C. from March […]


Food Insecurity and Health

Food Insecurity and Health – Overcoming Food Insecurity Through Healthcare-Based Interventions  An Implementation Guide In Collaboration With Humana. Children’s HealthWatch was a key contributer.


Trump’s holiday gift: Cutting off help to the poor

Originally published on The Boston Globe. Curbing federal food stamps will only exacerbate poverty, and cost Americans in other ways. Food stamps have long shored up American families when they have struggled to put dinner on the table. But recently it’s become the mantra of certain conservatives that federal food benefits via the Supplemental Nutrition […]


Cutting 700,000 Americans from SNAP will increase health costs

Originally published on Stat News. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is our nation’s first line of defense against food insecurity. It’s a lifeline that can provide enough food for all household members to lead healthy and active lives. As a fundamental component of America’s public health and economic infrastructure, SNAP helps sustain people when the […]