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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 […]

Of Turkeys and Taxes

I know Thanksgiving is approaching when I see the line at our hospital’s food pantry stretching down the hall and into the next building, an annual sign that holiday turkey distribution has begun. Our office conference room fills with donated toys waiting to be distributed to children in our clinic. This is the time of […]

Boston City Council Hearing on Food Insecurity

On October 20, 2014, Children’s HealthWatch founder and Principal Investigator, Dr. Deborah Frank testified before the Boston City Council on the state of food insecurity in Boston. In addition to her testimony, Dr. Frank submitted a letter to the City Council. The hearing was ordered by Councilor O’Malley and held by the Council’s Committee on […]

Children’s HealthWatch Signs Child Nutrition Forum Letter to President Obama

Children’s HealthWatch joined more than 1,000 national, state, and local organizations in a letter to President Barack Obama, urging him to continue his commitment to the child nutrition programs and efforts to reduce child hunger and obesity by including significant new investments to the programs in his FY2016 budget. The letter was circulated by members of […]

Healing the whole child is health care innovation

When the Great Recession hit in 2008, I immediately began to worry about its impacts on the bodies of the very young patients in my Growth and Development clinic at Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) in Little Rock. Moreover, the data we collect in the Pediatric Emergency Department corroborated what I sensed from my patients to […]

Food Insecurity & WIC/SNAP Participation on Obesity Risk among Young Children

Presented  “Food insecurity & WIC/SNAP participation do not increase obesity risk among young children” at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) Annual Meeting.

Letter to USDA Secretary Vilsack Opposing Addition of White Potatoes to WIC Package

This week, the Senate Appropriations Committee will decide whether to allow special interests — rather than science — to determine which foods can be provided through the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). Children’s HealthWatch submitted a letter to USDA Secretary Vilsack, encouraging him to stand behind the scientific process of determining authorized foods for WIC and continue to exclude fresh white potatoes, as recommended by the Institute of Medicine (IOM).

Children’s HealthWatch signs statement opposing efforts weaken federal child nutrition programs

Children’s HealthWatch joined the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and dozens of organizations to strongly oppose efforts to use the appropriations process to change or weaken federal child nutrition programs

Children’s HealthWatch Signs WIC FY2015 Appropriations Letter

Children’s HealthWatch joined the National WIC Association and dozens of organizations to urge Appropriations Committee Members in the House and Senate to support an FY15 funding level that assures no eligible applicants will be turned away; maintains current and anticipated WIC participation levels, assures adequate nutrition services and administration (NSA) funding, and responds adequately to forecasts of […]

Letters to USDA Secretary Vilsack and Senator Stabenow Opposing Addition of White Potatoes to WIC Package

Children’s HealthWatch submitted letters to USDA Secretary Vilsack and Senator Stabenow to express serious concern about potato industry lobbying efforts advocating that white potatoes be included in WIC food packages (the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children). Allowing special interest lobbying from the potato industry would encourage lobbyists for other foods to launch […]