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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 the medical center addresses the drivers of health inequities. It started the first hospital-based food pantry in the country and has subsequently added a range […]

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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 birth weights among infants born in the U.S. Context | An infant’s birth weight is an indicator of the mother’s prenatal health and a predictor […]

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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 to improve Massachusetts’ competitiveness and reduce the cost of living. On behalf of the Healthy Families EITC Coalition, we strongly urge the Committee to include […]

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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 of migrant parents, legal guardians, and children, and such separations’ impact. The letter voices support for the Administration’s Executive Order 14011, Establishment of Interagency Task […]

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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 17, 2021. … As pediatricians and public health researchers, we are acutely aware of the harmful health and economic consequences resulting from long-standing exclusions of […]

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Children’s HealthWatch Comments on the Department of Homeland Security’s Advanced Notice of Public Rule Making

On October 22, 2021, Children’s HealthWatch submitted comments on the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Advanced Notice of Public Rule Making, “Public Charge Ground of Inadmissibility” published in the Federal Register on August 23, 2021. On behalf of Children’s HealthWatch, a network of pediatricians, public health researchers, and policy and child health experts, please accept […]

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Children’s HealthWatch Submits a Comment to DHS on Identifying Barriers Across USCIS Benefits and Services

On May 19, Children HealthWatch submitted a comment on the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Request for Public Input, “Identifying Barriers Across U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Benefits and Services” published in the Federal Register on April 19, 2021. We urge the Department to undergo robust regulatory reform and participate in proactive community outreach […]

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Children’s HealthWatch Submits a Comment in Opposition of a Proposed Federal Rule That Would Change the Affidavit of Support Policy

On November 11th, Children HealthWatch submitted a comment in response to the proposed rulemaking that would change the Affidavit of Support policy. The proposed change would disregard immigrant sponsors’ incomes and require them to have a joint sponsor if they or a member of their household member have used public benefits – including Medicaid, CHIP, […]

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Maternal place of birth, socioeconomic characteristics, and child health in US-Born Latinx children in Boston

Abstract Objectives: Among US-born children of Latina US (USB) and Latina foreign-born mothers (FBM), to determine whether 1) household and child characteristics differ; 2) child health outcomes differ; 3) these differences diminish for children of FBM with longer duration of residence (DOR) in the US; and 4) these differences can be explained by food insecurity […]

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Constructing Invisible Walls through National and Global Policy

Worldwide 37,000 people are forced to flee their homes every day due to conflict and persecution. The factors that lead people to leave their home countries often originate with economic deprivation and violence, escalated to a level that becomes a struggle for survival. Climate change, as it has accelerated over the last three to four […]