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Hunger and Health: Connecting Patients to Food Assistance

On June 23, 2015, Children’s HealthWatch founder and Principal Investigator, Dr. Deborah Frank, presented on a webinar about why doctors care about hunger and the Hunger Vital Sign™, an easy two-question screener validated by Children’s HealthWatch.

The National Commission on Hunger

Children’s HealthWatch founder and Principal Investigator, Dr. Deborah Frank, and Children’s HealthWatch Principal Investigator, Dr. Mariana Chilton were both appointed to the National Commission on Hunger. This Commission was created by legislative mandate in the Omnibus Appropriations Bill of 2014. Commission members are tasked with a mandate to effectively use existing programs and funds to […]

Massachusetts SNAP Closures Letter

Children’s HealthWatch submitted a letter to Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and USDA Secretary Thomas Vilsack to request their help in protecting the Commonwealth’s most vulnerable citizens: its children. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a vital nutritional resource for our patients at Boston Medical Center and their families. We are deeply concerned, however, with the […]

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 […]

Expert Testimony on Minneapolis Staple Foods Ordinance

On October 20, Dr. Diana Cutts provided expert testimony at the public hearing held by the Health, Environment, and Community Engagement Committee of the Minneapolis City Council in support of changes to the Minneapolis Staple Foods Ordinance.

Boston City Council Hearing on Food Insecurity

On October 20, 2014, Children’s HealthWatch founder and Principal Investigator, Dr. Deborah Frank testified before the Boston City Council on the state of food insecurity in Boston. In addition to her testimony, Dr. Frank submitted a letter to the City Council. The hearing was ordered by Councilor O’Malley and held by the Council’s Committee on […]

Children’s HealthWatch Signs Child Nutrition Forum Letter to President Obama

Children’s HealthWatch joined more than 1,000 national, state, and local organizations in a letter to President Barack Obama, urging him to continue his commitment to the child nutrition programs and efforts to reduce child hunger and obesity by including significant new investments to the programs in his FY2016 budget. The letter was circulated by members of […]

Response to James Bovard’s Wall Street Journal Opinion Article

As pediatric researchers and clinicians, we lament the misunderstandings about food insecurity in James Bovard’s Wall Street Journal Opinion article How the Feds Distort Their ‘Food Insecurity’ Numbers.

Statement on USDA Report: Household Food Security in the United States in 2013

While volumes of medical research and years of practitioner experience all point to the critical period of brain and body development during the first few years of life, we continue to see rates of food insecurity among young children remain too high. This puts their health and development at risk, which can have long lasting […]

Witnesses to Hunger Panel: The Health Impacts of Poverty

Co-hosted a panel discussion with Witnesses to Hunger on the health impacts of poverty.