Written Testimony to the Joint Committee on Ways and Means and the House Committee on Federal Stimulus and Census Oversight

On September 22, 2021, Children’s HeathWatch submitted testimony to inform the distribution plan for the $4.8 billion in federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding in Massachusetts. In this testimony, Children’s HealthWatch urges the Committees to allocate a portion of the funds to programs that reduce health disparities in the Commonwealth. Specifically, we strongly advocate […]


Written Testimony to the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Housing

On August 12th, Children’s HealthWatch submitted testimony in support of H.1434/S.891: “An Act to prevent COVID-19 evictions and foreclosures and promote an equitable housing recovery”.  Currently, the state has an opportunity to prevent evictions and improve the health of young children and their families by enacting H.1434/S.891. This bill – which protects tenants and homeowners […]


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 […]


Bipartisan legislation introduced in Senate would address eviction crisis

Originally posted on Financial Regulation News. A bipartisan group of U.S. senators introduced legislation that seeks to reduce the number of evictions in the United States. The Eviction Crisis Act of 2021 – introduced by U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet (D-CO), Rob Portman (R-OH), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Todd Young (R-IN) – would address the eviction […]


Thursday, June 24, 2021 – Watch the Recording For Our Virtual Town Hall On How Equitable Housing Improves Child and Family Health


Children’s HealthWatch Statement on Withdrawal of Proposed Revisions by USDA and HUD

Children’s HealthWatch, a network of pediatricians and child health experts, celebrates the recent withdrawal of several previously proposed or finalized rules that threatened the health, well-being, and stability of children across the United States. Specifically, we applaud the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for taking action to revoke the proposed harmful revision of categorical […]


New Collaboration Targets Key Boston Neighborhoods for Health Equity Initiatives

Originally posted on HealthCity. To sustain health equity, focus on specific zip codes BMC pediatrician Megan Sandel, MD, MPH, believes to move toward true, sustainable advancements in health equity, health systems must directly address the disinvestment in communities of color and work to change systems that make economic opportunities, including living-wage jobs, inaccessible for so many. “Place […]

Thursday, June 10, 2021 – Watch the Recording For Our Webinar to Help Members of Your Community Access Tax Payments


NNHS Virtual Housing and Zoning Day

Originally published on NNHS. Children’s Healthwatch Director of Policy Strategy, Allison Bovell-Ammon, delivered a presentation on stable homes, healthy communities at Newton North High School (NNHS) Virtual Housing and Zoning Day.  


Children’s HealthWatch Statement on the American Families Plan

Children’s HealthWatch applauds the significant investments in the health and well-being of young children and families proposed in the Biden-Harris Administration’s American Families Plan (AFP), released yesterday. Central to equitable recovery and truly building back better, the AFP includes historic investments in child care and universal pre-kindergarten, permanently expands recent improvements to the Earned Income […]