Feedback to House Agriculture Committee: Past, Present, and Future of SNAP Hearing Series

On October 4, 2016, Children’s HealthWatch Principal Investigator, Dr. Eduardo Ochoa, provided testimony to Chairman Conaway and to the House Agriculture Committee to provide feedback on the Past, Present and Future of SNAP hearings held over the last two years by the Committee.

What if… the United States decided to proactively alleviate food insecurity?

What if… the Unites States decided to proactively alleviate food insecurity? Finally, after years of sluggish, uncertain growth following the Great Recession, the United States economy appears to have surged in 2015. Two recently released annual reports from the USDA on household food security and the Census Bureau on income, poverty and health insurance tell […]


Treatment Plan for Hunger: SNAP, WIC, and the Community Eligibility Provision

About the What If? Series Through the What If Project, Children’s HealthWatch is providing real and specific models of better policy futures, working toward our vision of a future where all children’s basic needs are met, sustaining their health and enabling them to reach their potential. For this brief, Children’s HealthWatch asked, “What if we optimized […]

20 Years of TANF: Innovations Needed to Improve Health

Twenty years ago Congress passed and President Bill Clinton signed into law an act to “end welfare as we know it”. This act replaced Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) with the current program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), thereby converting the program to a block grant and implementing stringent work requirements and […]


Supporting Young Children with Disabilities: Solutions for Improving Food Security

High costs associated with raising a child with disabilities can strain the family budget and lead to trade-offs between basic needs. Children’s HealthWatch research demonstrated that families of children with SHCN who receive SSI were more likely to be food insecure compared with families of children with SHCN not receiving SSI.

Unintended Consequences: Family health and well-being and the SNAP cliff effect

Stephanie Ettinger de Cuba presented at “Understanding and Generating Solutions to the Cliff Effect” event on March 31st in Boston, which was co-sponsored by Children’s HealthWatch and the University of Massachusetts Boston, Center for Social Policy.   Click here to view the presentation slides.


The $1.2 Billion Child Health Dividend

Health and special education-related costs of food insecurity for households with young children in the US were estimated to total more than $1.2 billion in 2015 dollars. The persistently high prevalence of food insecurity continues to drain resources from families, communities, and the U.S. economy. Key policy changes in a variety of areas could alleviate hardships and reduce costs, ultimately improving the future prosperity of all people in the US. Social infrastructures, including nutrition assistance programs and working-family tax credits, provide vital resources for reducing food insecurity and saving money.

comments on the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) Proposed Rule on SNAP Promotion

On May 13th, Children’s HealthWatch submitted comments on the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) Proposed Rule on SNAP Promotion to express both support and concern on several aspects of the Proposed Rule.

Commentary to USDA on Proposed SNAP Photo EBT Implementation Requirements

Children’s HealthWatch submitted commentary on the USDA’s Proposed SNAP Photo EBT Implementation Requirements.

Food is Medicine: For best results, follow dosing instructions

Food is medicine. You have likely heard that phrase before. It reminds us that what we nourish ourselves with is as important as most medicines we might take. But what if we can’t afford enough healthful food? That’s where the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) comes in – SNAP is like a medicine, helping to […]