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Expanding the State Earned Income Tax Credit: Reducing the Housing Affordability Gap for Low-income families in Massachusetts

December 11, 2014
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On December 11, 2014, Children’s HealthWatch presented results from a four-month planning process to better understand how an increased Massachusetts Earned Income Tax Credit could be used as a strategy to improve housing stability and child health and development. Members of the Massachusetts Legislature, as well as advocates, researchers, [...]

Social Determinants of Health: Emerging Strategies for an Evolving Healthcare System

October 28, 2014
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Children’s HealthWatch Principal Investigator, Dr. Megan Sandel, presented at Medical Legal Partnership Boston’s annual conference “Social Determinants of Health: Emerging Strategies for an Evolving Healthcare System” on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Dr. Sandel was a participant on a Plenary Panel: Health Equity in Massachusetts: [...]

Children’s HealthWatch Signs Letter Urging Action to Extend CHIP Funding

October 23, 2014
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On October 23rd, Children’s HealthWatch joined 1,200 leading national, state, and local advocates and sent a letter to the congressional leaders to urge them to extend health coverage for children provided through the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Specifically, the letter expresses concern that 10 million children are [...]

Expert Testimony on Minneapolis Staple Foods Ordinance

October 20, 2014
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On October 20, Dr. Diana Cutts provided expert testimony at the public hearing held by the Health, Environment, and Community Engagement Committee of the Minneapolis City Council in support of changes to the Minneapolis Staple Foods Ordinance.

Boston City Council Hearing on Food Insecurity

October 20, 2014
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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 [...]

Children’s HealthWatch Signs Letter to Patrick Administration RE: SNAP Job Search Requirement

October 17, 2014
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Children’s HealthWatch  joined a coalition of 20 Massachusetts organizations to submit a letter urging the Secretary Polanowicz, Commissioner Monahan and the Patrick Administration to immediately cease the mandatory SNAP job search requirement and instead return to operating a voluntary SNAP employment and training program, as authorized under federal [...]

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

October 14, 2014
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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 [...]

Statement on Rising Child Poverty in Massachusetts

October 14, 2014
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Two reports recently released by the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) provide new information regarding the state of child poverty in the United States from 2012 to 2013. Both reports found a statistically significant decline in poverty between 2012 and 2013. Despite this, poverty rates for [...]

Statement on New Census Bureau Poverty Data

September 19, 2014
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Two reports released yesterday by the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) provide new state and local income, income inequality, and poverty statistics. According to the report, Poverty: 2012 and 2013, which compares statistics from the 2012 and 2013 ACS, 15.8 percent of the U.S. population (48.8 [...]

Response to James Bovard’s Wall Street Journal Opinion Article

September 5, 2014
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As pediatric researchers and clinicians, we lament the misunderstandings about food insecurity in James Bovard’s Wall Street Journal Opinion article How the Feds Distort Their ‘Food Insecurity’ Numbers.

Statement on USDA Report: Household Food Security in the United States in 2013

September 3, 2014
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While volumes of medical research and years of practitioner experience all point to the critical period of brain and body development during the first few years of life, we continue to see rates of food insecurity among young children remain too high. This puts their health and [...]

Nutrition and Brain Development

August 19, 2014
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On Aug 18 Dr. Diana Cutts led two 30-minute sessions on the topic of Nutrition and Brain Development fir Parents In Community Action.

The State of Equity in Metro Boston Action Agenda release event

July 11, 2014
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Children’s HealthWatch Research and Policy Director, Stephanie Ettinger de Cuba, presented at the release of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council’s State of Equity in Metro Boston Action Agenda. Based on the findings of the 2011 State of Equity in Metro Boston Indicators Report, it is [...]

Undernourished and Overweight: The link between food insecurity and obesity

June 29, 2014
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Children’s HealthWatch Principal Investigator, Dr. Diana Cutts, presented “Undernourished and Overweight: The link between food insecurity and obesity” at the Minneapolis Jewish Federation.

Undernourished and Overweight: The link between food insecurity and obesity

June 13, 2014
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Children’s HealthWatch Principal Investigator, Dr. Diana Cutts, presented “Undernourished and Overweight: The link between food insecurity and obesity” at the Minnesota American Academy of Pediatrics Conference. Click here to watch the presentation.

Community Eligibility Statement

June 11, 2014
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Children’s HealthWatch encourages school districts to notify their state agencies before August 31, 2014 to opt in for Community Eligibility for the 2014-15 school year. Community Eligibility, a key provision in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, fills the prescription for food every day by ensuring communities serving low [...]

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

May 20, 2014
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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 Webinar: Brief History and Review of Research

May 19, 2014
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Presented “A Brief History and Review of Research” to USDA FNS staff. Click here to view the webinar.

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

May 19, 2014
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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

May 14, 2014
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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 [...]