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Child hunger is expected to worsen

Originally posted on NPR. NPR’s Ailsa Chang speaks with pediatrician Dr. Megan Sandel about how the pandemic has exasperated child hunger in the country and could worsen as pandemic-relief programs run out.

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BMC Pediatrician Presents a Model for Stably Housing Families in White House Forum

Originally posted on BMC HealthCity. One in five renters living with children are having difficulty keeping up on rent. Megan Sandel, MD, proposes a three-pronged solution. “One thing that the COVID-19 pandemic has really made clear is that it has increased housing stability from a crisis to now, really, a pandemic in and of itself,” […]

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‘This relief currently has an expiration date, but parenting does not’: Senator Markey calls for extending child tax credit

Originally posted on The Boston Globe. Senator Edward J. Markey joined health providers at Boston Medical Center on Monday to call for an extension of the Child Tax Credit, a federal program that has provided monthly checks to families with children since July but is due to expire next month. The tax credit, the centerpiece […]

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Housing and Neighborhoods as Root Causes of Child Poverty

Understanding how housing inequities among families with children are rooted in structural racism is important for identifying opportunities to engage in ongoing and collective work as pediatricians to lift children out of poverty. This article discusses the complex mechanisms between housing and child and family health outcomes, and offers potential solutions linking housing, health programs, […]

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A Bulwark Against the Storm: The unequal impact of COVID relief policies on families with young children

Filling the Housing Opportunity Gap

The Need is Significant. Housing instability affects the health and well-being of children and families. When families fall behind on rent, are forced to move multiple times, and/or experience homelessness, infants and toddlers are placed at an increased risk of being in poor health and not meeting developmental milestones. This creates a “housing opportunity gap” […]

Closing the Housing Opportunity Gap

Investing in vouchers improves neighborhoods and health Given robust evidence on the effectiveness of rental assistance in reducing housing instability and promoting health, deep investments in housing subsidies are urgently needed to ensure families can afford rent in the neighborhood of their choice. Passage of The Family Stability and Opportunity Act and The Ending Homelessness […]

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Closing the Housing Opportunity Gap

Investing in Housing Vouchers Improves Neighborhoods and Health Every parent strives to ensure their child grows up in a stable home where they can reach their fullest potential. Decades of research shows that when children – particularly young children – have access to high-quality, affordable homes and in neighborhoods with economic opportunities, green space, good […]

A Bold Federal Response to Eviction Protects Health and Housing Stability

Millions of families across the United States – disproportionately Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) and immigrants – struggle to maintain adequate housing and live on the brink of eviction and homelessness. The economic fallout of COVID-19 has exacerbated this challenge, and placed one in six families at risk of eviction – three times […]