Evidence and analysis from the front lines of pediatric care.

Children's HealthWatch About UsChildren’s HealthWatch works to improve child health by bringing evidence and analysis from the front lines of pediatric care to policy makers and the public. Our research is grounded in the experience of pediatrician researchers who see first-hand in clinics how economic conditions and public policies are reflected in the health and well-being of their youngest patients.

Very young children are uniquely vulnerable to deprivation. The health and learning potential of too many of our nation’s youngest children are put at risk because of hardships associated with poverty – not enough food, unstable housing conditions, and inadequate home heating or cooling, to name a few. Children’s HealthWatch works to bring timely scientific evidence about the links between these conditions and children’s health into the public policy arena.

Our network of pediatricians and public health researchers collects data on children up to the age of four in emergency rooms and clinics at Boston Medical Center, the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore; the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock; Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis; and St. Christopher’s Hospital in Philadelphia.

Our Vision

A nation where local, state and national policies support the healthy development of all our young children.

Our Mission

To improve child health by bringing evidence and analysis from the front lines of pediatric care to policy makers and the public.

Our History

Children’s HealthWatch began in 1998 when founder, Dr. Deborah A. Frank, and colleagues, decided that someone needed to monitor the child health effects of the 1996 Welfare Reform Act. The group originally designed Children’s HealthWatch as a time-limited project, but as their work progressed, it became clear that there was a strong, ongoing need for non-partisan original research in the area of child health and nutrition. Children’s HealthWatch came to fill a unique niche, serving as a source of both credible, timely scientific research and informed, non-partisan policy analysis on a broad range of issues involving child health and nutrition.

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