Federal Programs that Protect Young Children’s Health

Children’s HealthWatch published a new policy brief on federal programs that support young children’s health and development.

Institute of Medicine

Presented at the “Health Impacts of WIC- Planning a Research Agenda” workshop.  Both Drs. Cook and Black discussed food insecurity and hunger, and Dr. Black discussed nutrition education.

Health and Development among WIC Participants

Poster presentations at the Annual Conference of the Pediatric Academic Societies

Participants’ Comments on Changes in the Revised Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children Food Packages: The Maryland Food Preference Study.


Food Security: Ensuring the health of Baltimore’s babies

Food insecurity is the lack of access to enough food for an active and healthy lifestyle for all household members due to financial constraints. Families who are food insecure often limit the quality and quantity of food that is available to family members. As a result, families fill up on low-cost foods with little nutritional value. This report demonstrates the impact that food insecurity has on the health and development of children in the city of Baltimore. Furthermore, it examines the role of nutrition-related public assistance programs (i.e.: Food Stamps, WIC) in food insecure families.


Feeding Our Future: Growing up Healthy with WIC

This report details the important effects that the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) has on very young children. The report highlights Children’s HealthWatch research that WIC not only improves children’s health but reduces their risk of developmental delays.

Variation in breastfeeding behaviours, perceptions, and experiences by race/ethnicity among a low-income statewide sample of Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) participants in the United States.


The Safety Net in Action: Protecting the Health and Nutrition of Young American Children

A comprehensive summary of Children’s HealthWatch findings showing the positive impact of five public assistance programs on young children’s food security, growth, and health.