Thursday, April 15, 2021 – Watch the Recording For Our ‘Sharing the Wealth, Getting To Health: How Cash Improves the Health of Children and Families’ Town Hall


Ayanna Pressley, Elizabeth Warren to Headline Forum on Antiracism as Health Policy

Originally published on BU Today. Today’s panel discussion will be moderated by Kimberly Atkins (COM’98, LAW’98), Boston Globe senior opinion writer and member of the paper’s editorial board, and will feature Stephanie Ettinger de Cuba, executive director of Children’s HealthWatch; Megan Sandel (SPH’02,’03), a School of Medicine associate professor of pediatrics; Kaye-Alese Green, a MED diversity and inclusion fellow and a […]

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Monday, April 5, 2021 – Please Watch the Recording for Antiracism as Health Policy: Race, COVID-19, and Policy Reform


Thoughts and Prayers Aren’t Enough: We Need to Stop Deluding Ourselves About Racism

This past weekend has seen numerous protests, vigils and calls for action in response to the recent attacks on Asian Americans and immigrants,  including the tragic killings of eight people, six of them Asian women, in three Atlanta spas. While families and friends are mourning the loss of their loved ones, they must also contend with the […]


Children’s HealthWatch Statement on Recent Attacks on the AAPI Community

Children’s HealthWatch strongly condemns attacks on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders – including the recent tragic killings of eight people, six of them Asian women, in Atlanta.  These recent attacks on Asian Americans and immigrants serve as yet another grim reminder of the pervasiveness of white supremacy and structural racism. Xenophobic and racially charged rhetoric […]


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 […]


Experiences of Racial and Ethnic Discrimination Are Associated with Food Insecurity and Poor Health

Abstract: This study examines the associations of mothers’ experiences of discrimination (EODs) with household food insecurity (HFI), physical health, and depressive symptoms, while taking into account the influence of mothers’ Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and public assistance participation. Mothers (N = 1372) of young children under age 4 who self-identified as Latinx, Non-Latinx Black/African American […]


Recommendations From SNAP Participants to Improve Wages and End Stigma

We present views of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) from the perspective of participants.We are SNAP participants and academic researchers who have worked together for 11 years to understand, explain, and address food insecurity. SNAP is ensnared in much larger problems in US society related to the stigmatization of people who are poor and […]


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 […]

Trends in Food Insecurity and SNAP Participation among Immigrant Families of U.S.-Born Young Children

Abstract: Immigrant families are known to be at higher risk of food insecurity compared to non-immigrant families. Documented immigrants in the U.S. <5 years are ineligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Immigration enforcement, anti-immigrant rhetoric, and policies negatively targeting immigrants have increased in recent years. Anecdotal reports suggest immigrant families forgo assistance, even […]