Housing and Neighborhoods as Root Causes of Child Poverty

Understanding how housing inequities among families with children are rooted in structural racism is important for identifying opportunities to engage in ongoing and collective work as pediatricians to lift children out of poverty. This article discusses the complex mechanisms between housing and child and family health outcomes, and offers potential solutions linking housing, health programs, […]


Children’s HealthWatch Submits Written Testimony to the MA Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities

On October 1, 2021, Children’s HealthWatch submitted testimony to Chairman Gomez, Chairman Finn, and distinguished members of the Joint Committee on Children, Families and persons with disabilities in strong support of H.119/S.96: An Act to lift kids out of deep poverty, and H.208/S.119: An Act concerning public assistance for working families and the creation of a pilot […]

Children’s HealthWatch Comments in Response to the Request for Information from the Congressional Caucus on SDOH

On September 21, 2021, Children’s HealthWatch responded to a request for information from the Congressional Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) Caucus. The first section of the response covers our experience with SDOH challenges, and we answer questions about which specific SDOH challenges our organization has seen to have the most impact on health, as well […]


A Gloomy Prediction on How Much Poverty Could Rise

Originally published on The New York Times. The pandemic crippling the American economy portends a sharp increase in poverty, to a level that could exceed that of the Great Recession and that may even reach a high for the half-century in which there is comparable data, according to researchers at Columbia University. The coming wave of hardship […]


New federal report surprises: Philadelphia poverty down, income up

Philadelphia’s poverty rate, a stark and stubborn indicator of hard times that has long hindered the city’s reputation, dropped to its lowest level since 2008 — near the start of the recession. At the same time, median household income here rose. The findings, contained in a voluminous report from the U.S. Census Bureau released Thursday, […]

Using data to improve the lives of children and their families

Each year the U.S. Census Bureau releases data on the state of poverty in the United States. We know that children living in poverty face increased risk of poor health and development. Understanding the landscape of poverty is important for designing policies and programs that reduce its effects. On the one hand, the recent U.S. […]

Opportunities To Change The Outcomes Of Traumatized Children

The Childhood Adversity Narratives (CAN) has developed a new narrative “Opportunities To Change The Outcomes Of Traumatized Children” to help inform policy makers and the public about the costs and consequences of child maltreatment and adversity. The goal of this narrative is to show that there are proven interventions and opportunities to change these personally tragic […]

Expanding the State Earned Income Tax Credit: Reducing the Housing Affordability Gap for Low-income families in Massachusetts

On December 11, 2014, Children’s HealthWatch presented results from a four-month planning process to better understand how an increased Massachusetts Earned Income Tax Credit could be used as a strategy to improve housing stability and child health and development. Members of the Massachusetts Legislature, as well as advocates, researchers, funders, and providers were in attendance.

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 […]

Statement on New Census Bureau Poverty Data

Two reports released yesterday by the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) provide new state and local income, income inequality, and poverty statistics. According to the report, Poverty: 2012 and 2013, which compares statistics from the 2012 and 2013 ACS, 15.8 percent of the U.S. population (48.8 million people) had income below the poverty level […]