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Testimony Before the Subcommittee on Nutrition, Committee on Agriculture United States House of Representatives

Children’s HealthWatch Principal Investigator, Eduardo Ochoa, Jr., MD, FAAP, testified before the Subcommittee on Nutrition, Committee on Agriculture, United States House of Representatives.  Click here to view the testimony.

Testimony in support of MA Senate Bill 69, “An Act to eliminate photo identification on electronic benefit cards”

Children’s HealthWatch submitted testimony to the Members of the Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities in support of Senate Bill 69, “An Act to eliminate photo identification on electronic benefit cards.”

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Diluting the Dose: Cuts to SNAP benefits increased food insecurity following the Great Recession

Diluting the Dose: Cuts to SNAP benefits increased food insecurity following the Great Recession details new research on the impact of the SNAP benefit rollback in November 2013 had on food insecurity among families with young children. These findings confirm that the amount of the monthly benefit matters and that the SNAP rollback had a […]

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When 2 + 2 = 5: How co-enrollment in public assistance programs leads to stable housing for America’s young children

By virtue of America’s disjointed patchwork of social safety net programs, many families who are eligible for one public assistance program are often eligible for others as well. While we know combining enrollment in multiple programs helps protect low-income families from adverse health outcomes, many families who are eligible for multiple programs are currently not enrolled in […]

WIC and SNAP Feed Our Future

When I first met Children HealthWatch’s founder Dr. Frank, I asked her what horrible disease was causing “failure to thrive” in the children she saw in her clinic—some crazy intestinal disease?  I was appalled by her answer then and still am now—that her patients do not have access to enough nutritious food to keep them […]

Pushing health care’s boundaries: Food is medicine

The three year old I was examining was grumpy and uncooperative. His mom assured me she had no concerns about his development, but I wasn’t so sure – he appeared withdrawn and nonverbal to my eyes.  Attempting to see more interaction, I asked if I could offer him some graham crackers. His eyes lit up, […]

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Investing today to create a more productive workforce tomorrow

In 2012, I was introduced to the work of Children’s HealthWatch as part of a volunteer strategic consulting team. My fellow Yale MBA colleagues and I spent months reviewing their work by conducting interviews with policy makers and discussing ways in which the research of Children’s HealthWatch could make a bigger impact. During these months […]

Massachusetts SNAP Closures Letter

Children’s HealthWatch submitted a letter to Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and USDA Secretary Thomas Vilsack to request their help in protecting the Commonwealth’s most vulnerable citizens: its children. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a vital nutritional resource for our patients at Boston Medical Center and their families. We are deeply concerned, however, with the […]

Ripple effect: Supporting children with special health care needs through improved family- focused policies

As a clinician who has worked for many years with families with children with special needs, I see parents who try, like all parents, to provide for all their family needs and give the best opportunities they can to their children. Low-income parents raising children with special health care needs (SHCN) face additional challenges in […]

Making SNAP Work For Families Leaving Poverty

The holiday season is officially here and with it brings an increase in work hours for many low-income employees in the service and retail industries.  An increase in hours should mean more income for families but for too many, more work does not necessarily lead to better outcomes. “It is hard to feel like you […]