Statement on Rising Child Poverty in Massachusetts

Two reports recently released by the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) provide new information regarding the state of child poverty in the United States from 2012 to 2013. Both reports found a statistically significant decline in poverty between 2012 and 2013. Despite this, poverty rates for children in Massachusetts continue to climb. Data from […]

Protecting Children and Families Who Are Experiencing Homelessness and Housing Instability in the Massachusetts FY’15 Budget

Children’s HealthWatch signed on to a letter alongside organizations working to address homelessness and housing instability in the Commonwealth.


RX for Healthy Child Development: Nutritious, Affordable Food Promotes Health and Economic Stability for Boston Families

Marking the second installment in the five-city Children’s HealthWatch Policy Action Brief Series – Hunger: A New Vital Sign, Children’s HealthWatch published a new Policy Action Brief – RX for Healthy Child Development: Nutritious, Affordable Food Promotes Health and Economic Stability for Boston Families. The Boston brief, sheds light on the role that nutritious, affordable food plays in promoting health […]


Safe, Stable Homes Mean Healthier Children and Families for Massachusetts

CHW published a new policy brief on the impact of housing instability on Boston’s children.

Family Homelessness in the FY14 Massachusetts State Senate Budget

Dr. Deborah Frank, Children’s HealthWatch Founder and Principal Investigator, and Dr. Megan Sandel, Children’s HealthWatch Co-Principal Investigator, wrote a letter to Massachusetts State Senate President Therese Murray and Chairman Brewer, Chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, about family homeless in FY14 Senate Budget. Children’s HealthWatch remains gravely concerned about restrictions on access to emergency shelter for homeless families.


Food Insecurity Among Children in Massachusetts: Dislocation and Pathways in Youth at Risk Part 2: Children in Need

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Dr. Megan Sandel, Children’s HealthWatch Co-Principal Investigator, submitted comments on behalf of Children’s HealthWatch to the Massachusetts State Government and the Department of Housing and Community Development.

Masachusetts FY13 Reforms to Address Family Homelessness

Children’s HealthWatch Principal Investigators, Dr. Frank and Dr. Sandel wrote letters to Governor Patrick as well as the leadership in both the House and the Senate urging the necessity of clarifying the language in the FY 2013 budget regarding homeless shelter. Children’s HealthWatch is concerned that the regulations stipulated in the budget would limit housing options for […]


Behind Closed Doors: The hidden health impact of being behind on rent

New research by Children’s HealthWatch finds that families who are behind on rent are more likely to have children in fair or poor health, at risk of developmental delays, and a mother who has symptoms of depression compared to families who are not behind on rent.  Strikingly, the negative health impacts of being behind on rent are […]