Children’s Advocates Welcome Biden Administration’s Actions to Expand Legal Pathways for Undocumented Spouses and Dreamers

Washington, D.C., June 18, 2024 – Members of the Children Thrive Action Network applaud and welcome steps the Biden Administration has taken today to create additional pathways for legal status […]


Diagnosing the youth mental health crisis? Don’t forget housing and extreme heat

THE CITY OF BOSTON recently announced a new $21 million initiative to address the urgent need for more mental health services and programs for youth and families. This announcement follows a report from […]

Healthy Families Tax Credits Coalition Sends Massachusetts Senate Letter with 105 Organizations to Support Tax Equity

The recent Massachusetts Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) expansion, designed to uplift low-wage workers, currently leaves people behind when it should treat all workers equally. As the State prepares the […]


Immigrant Advocates Call For Tax Credit Equity

Originally published on State House News Service. Immigrant advocates on Thursday lobbied for expanded eligibility of a tax credit that’s seen as a key tool to prevent poverty and improve […]

Risk and Protective Factors Associated with Prevalence of VLFS in Children among Children of Foreign-Born Mothers

Abstract: This research examined VLFS in children among households with foreign-born (FB) mothers compared to US-born mothers through three research questions: Is mother’s foreign-born status (FBS) associated with VLFS in […]


Doctors and health systems find novel ways to address hunger and its causes

Originally posted on Fern’s AG Insider. Allison Bovell-Ammon, director of policy strategy at Children’s HealthWatch, an advocacy and research organization headquartered at Boston Medical Center, described some of the ways […]


For Immigrant Mothers, WIC Nutrition Program Led to Healthier Infant Birth Weights

Originally posted on HealthCity. The Bottom Line | Participation in Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) during pregnancy by immigrant mothers with low incomes is associated with healthier […]


The Healthy Families EITC Coalition Submits Witten Testimony to the MA Joint Committee on Revenue

On February 22, 2022, the Healthy Families EITC Coalition submitted testimony to Chairman Cusack, Chairman Hinds, and distinguished members of the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Revenue on H.4361: An Act […]


Letter to the Family Reunification Task Force

On January 27, 2022, Children’s HealthWatch wrote a letter to the Family Reunification Task Force at the Department of Homeland Security. The letter comments on recommendations to reduce the separation […]


Children’s HealthWatch Comments on the Department of State’s interim final rule, “Visas: Ineligibility Based on Public Charge Grounds”

On January 14, 2022, Children’s HealthWatch submitted comments on the Department’s of State’s interim final rule, “Visas: Ineligibility Based on Public Charge Grounds,” published in the Federal Register on November […]