Children’s HealthWatch Comments in Response to the Request for Information from the Congressional Caucus on SDOH

On September 21, 2021, Children’s HealthWatch responded to a request for information from the Congressional Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) Caucus. The first section of the response covers our experience with SDOH challenges, and we answer questions about which specific SDOH challenges our organization has seen to have the most impact on health, as well […]

Friday, September 24, 2021 – Join RI Community Food Bank for Food Security for Children and Families Amidst the COVID Pandemic: Using a Racial Equity Lens


Building an Equitable Future for Children and Families: Key Policy Opportunities to Support Children’s Health and Well-Being

Originally posted on the Community Catalyst Blog. It’s been six months since passage of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), and provisions designed to decrease child poverty and increase health coverage and access are making an impact. Families have been able to afford food and basic expenses to keep their children healthy because of the […]


Children’s HealthWatch Is Deeply Concerned With the Consequences of the Supreme Court’s Decision to Overturn the National Eviction Moratorium

As a network of pediatricians and child health researchers, Children’s HealthWatch is deeply concerned with the impending and devastating consequences of the Supreme Court’s decision on August 26th to overturn the national eviction moratorium. Issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in response to the alarming health implications of eviction during the […]


OPINION | Eduardo Ochoa and Diana Cutts: Opportunity Waits

Originally posted on the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette. Last week, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its re-evaluation of the Thrifty Food Plan (TFP). The TFP is how benefits in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) are determined, and its recent re-evaluation led the USDA to increase benefits in the program by 27 […]


Children’s HealthWatch Applauds the USDA’s Re-Evaluation of the Thrifty Food Plan

Children’s HealthWatch applauds the USDA’s re-evaluation of the Thrifty Food Plan. As a network of pediatricians and public health researchers, Children’s HealthWatch commends the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for its commitment to making evidence-based decisions in its recent re-evaluation of the Thrifty Food Plan (TFP).  The TFP is the cost basis for the […]


The American Rescue Plan Act, A Critical Opportunity To Improve Child And Family Health

Originally posted on Health Affairs Blog. The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) provides a critical opportunity to improve child and family health and well-being by reducing the poverty and food insecurity that too many families, especially families of color, experience. The ARPA expands the benefits and eligibility of the income support programs, the Child Tax […]


The 23 year marathon

On October 11, 2021, I will take part in the 125th Boston Marathon alongside 20,000 fellow runners. Why am I doing this? The reasons are many, but the one that matters most to me is being able to raise money for the amazing organization I work for, Children’s HealthWatch at Boston Medical Center. I’ve been […]


The Toll on Children’s Health during COVID-19

Originally posted on Bostonia. Slammed by Twin Pandemics For caregivers at the Grow Clinic at Boston Medical Center (BMC) treating children identified as “failure to thrive” for lack of adequate nutrition, the pandemic has been a wrenching period without precedent. The clinic’s caseload soared 40 percent, with new referrals arriving in a more dire state than usual—some […]

Written Testimony to the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Health Care Financing in Support of Closing the SNAP Gap and Expanding Access to MassHealth

On July 23rd, Children’s HealthWatch submitted written testimony before the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Health Care Financing in support of the Senate Bill 761 and House Bill 1290, “An Act to streamline access to critical public health and safety-net programs through common applications.” By passing this bill and creating a common application portal so that […]