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Home Matters America features Dr. Megan Sandel discussing how homes matter for health.

Home Matters America features Dr. Megan Sandel discussing how homes matter for health.

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Children’s HealthWatch Research and Policy Director, Stephanie Ettinger de Cuba discusses the importance of safe, stable, and affordable housing on the health & well-being of children

Affordable Housing in Charlotte, Charlotte Talks Children’s HealthWatch Research and Policy Director, Stephanie Ettinger de Cuba discusses the importance of safe, stable, and affordable housing on the health & well-being of children. 9:10-12:00 — Importance of safe, stable, and affordable housing 12:15-13:45 — Food insecurity and emphasizes setting the trajectory for a healthy future 19:15-20:40 […]

Development of an Index of Subsidized Housing Availability and its Relationship to Housing Insecurity

Housing insecurity is a known threat to child health understanding predictors of housing insecurity can help inform policies to protect the health of young children in low-income households. This study sheds light on the relationship between housing insecurity and availability of housing that is affordable to low-income households. We developed a county-level index of availability of subsidized housing […]

Co-enrollment for Child Health: How Receipt and Loss of Food and Housing Subsidies Relate to Housing Security and Statutes for Streamlined, Multi-Subsidy Application

We hypothesized that children living in households eligible for federal food and/or housing assistance and receiving these benefits have higher odds of being housing secure than children in households that are eligible for but not receiving food and/or housing benefits, after controlling for potential confounding factors. Additionally, children living in households that have lost housing […]

Why are Pediatricians and Child Health Researchers Talking about Tax Policy?

Just over 50 years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared an “unconditional war on poverty,” with the promise that “we shall not rest until that war is won.” Throughout the next several decades, numerous anti-poverty policies were added to those began during Johnson’s war on poverty, and many others were reformed – most recently with […]

Homelessness During Pregnancy: A Unique, Time-Dependent Risk Factor of Birth Outcomes

This article evaluates homelessness during pregnancy as a unique, time-dependent risk factor for adverse birth outcomes. Prenatal homelessness was associated with higher adjusted odds of low birth weight and preterm delivery, and lower adjusted mean birth weight. Postnatal homelessness was not associated with these outcomes. Prenatal homelessness is an independent risk factor for low birth weight, rather than merely a marker of adverse […]

Can the Housing Vaccine Help a Community? Thinking from People to Populations

I have been traveling a lot this fall to meetings with leaders in housing development, policy, and research, and I am always struck that the housing world is starting to connect the dots on housing and health, but they are not talking about the patients I see. When talking to parents of young patients at […]

Modern Day Canaries in the Coal Mine: Rising Food Insecurity among Boston Families

Despite the nation’s continued anemic recovery from the Great Recession, Boston, Massachusetts has a strong reputation as a thriving urban hub for innovation in education, healthcare, scientific research and global business. And while Boston may be one of the healthiest cities in America, like it or not, Boston is also one of the four U.S. […]

The Housing Vaccine for Homeless Families: It’s time to do what works

As a pediatrician and researcher on how housing affects child health, I see the unintended consequences of public policy playing out on the bodies on my patients every day. I was particularly struck by the series of New York Times articles featuring Dasani, an 11 year old homeless child, which illustrated how homelessness affects all […]

Household Hardships, Public Programs, and Their Association with the Health and Development of Very Young Children: Insights from Children’s HealthWatch

Many research and advocacy groups use econometrics and/or biostatistics to explore the health and educational effects of food insecurity. Children’s HealthWatch (formerly known as the Children’s Sentinel Nutrition Assessment Program or C-SNAP) is one such group. Children’s HealthWatch was founded in 1998 to bring evidence and analysis from the front lines of pediatric care to policy […]