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Draft Recommendation Statement – Folic Acid for the Prevention of Neural Tube Defects: Preventive Medication

On June 13, 2016, Children’s HealthWatch submitted commentary to express concern that the Draft Recommendation Statement on Folic Acid for the Prevention of Neural Tube Defects: Preventive Medication did not mention food insecurity and its association with folate deficiency.  

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The $1.2 Billion Child Health Dividend

Health and special education-related costs of food insecurity for households with young children in the US were estimated to total more than $1.2 billion in 2015 dollars. The persistently high prevalence of food insecurity continues to drain resources from families, communities, and the U.S. economy. Key policy changes in a variety of areas could alleviate hardships and reduce costs, ultimately improving the future prosperity of all people in the US. Social infrastructures, including nutrition assistance programs and working-family tax credits, provide vital resources for reducing food insecurity and saving money.

comments on the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) Proposed Rule on SNAP Promotion

On May 13th, Children’s HealthWatch submitted comments on the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) Proposed Rule on SNAP Promotion to express both support and concern on several aspects of the Proposed Rule.

Food is Medicine: Promoting Food Security in Health Care and Community Settings

Children’s HealthWatch Senior Policy Analyst – State Policy, Richard Sheward, presented an in-depth look at how The Hunger Vital Sign (a two-question food insecurity screening tool) enables community-based hunger relief organizations and health care organizations to partner and collaborate to increase their impact and address the root causes of hunger and poverty in innovative ways. […]

Letter to House Committee on Education and Workforce re: Child Nutrition Act Re-authorization draft bill

On April 27, 2016, Children’s HealthWatch sent a letter to the House Committee on Education and Workforce regarding their Child Nutrition Act Re-authorization draft bill.

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Estimating the Health-Related Costs of Food Insecurity and Hunger

A new study by Children’s HealthWatch Principal Investigator, Dr. John Cook and Ana Poblacion, commissioned by Bread for the World Institute shows that last year alone, hunger and food insecurity increased health expenditures in the United States by $160 billion. The study is highlighted in the Institute’s new report, The Nourishing Effect: Ending Hunger, Improving […]

Trends in Household and Child Food Insecurity Among Families with Young Children from 2007 to 2013

The aim of this study is to compare the rates of household food insecurity and child food insecurity among SNAP-participating and SNAP eligible but not participating households with children under age three years during and immediately following the Great Recession.This paper first analyzes food insecurity trends from 2007 to 2013, separately for household food insecurity and child food insecurity and […]

Testimony Before the Subcommittee on Nutrition, Committee on Agriculture United States House of Representatives

Children’s HealthWatch Principal Investigator, Eduardo Ochoa, Jr., MD, FAAP, testified before the Subcommittee on Nutrition, Committee on Agriculture, United States House of Representatives.  Click here to view the testimony.

Testimony in support of MA Senate Bill 69, “An Act to eliminate photo identification on electronic benefit cards”

Children’s HealthWatch submitted testimony to the Members of the Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities in support of Senate Bill 69, “An Act to eliminate photo identification on electronic benefit cards.”

Congressional Hunger Center Fellows – Training on Hunger and Public Health

Children’s HealthWatch research and Policy Director, Stephanie Ettinger de Cuba, led a training on hunger and public health for the incoming class of Congressional Hunger Center Fellows.             The Congressional Hunger Center trains and inspires leaders who work to end hunger, and advocates public policies that create a food secure world.