Building on Strength: Keeping Young Children Connected to WIC

This brief examines the health impacts of dropping out of WIC and reasons families report becoming disconnected from the program in Minnesota

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 […]

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