Recent Activities

Comments on the Measurement Framework for Community Health and Well-Being, V2

July 29, 2016

On July 29, 2016, Children’s HealthWatch submitted comments on the Measurement Framework for Community Health and Well-Being, V2.

Draft Recommendation Statement – Folic Acid for the Prevention of Neural Tube Defects: Preventive Medication

June 13, 2016

On June 13, 2016, Children’s HealthWatch submitted commentary to express concern that the Draft Recommendation Statement on Folic Acid for the Prevention of Neural Tube Defects: Preventive Medication did not mention food insecurity and its association with folate deficiency.  

Unintended Consequences: Family health and well-being and the SNAP cliff effect

March 31, 2016

Stephanie Ettinger de Cuba presented at “Understanding and Generating Solutions to the Cliff Effect” event on March 31st in Boston, which was co-sponsored by Children’s HealthWatch and the University of Massachusetts Boston, Center for Social Policy.   Click here to view the presentation slides.

comments on the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) Proposed Rule on SNAP Promotion

May 13, 2016

On May 13th, Children’s HealthWatch submitted comments on the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) Proposed Rule on SNAP Promotion to express both support and concern on several aspects of the Proposed Rule.

Health and Housing 101: Understanding the Intersections

May 11, 2016

On May 11th, Children’s HealthWatch Principal Investigator, Dr. Megan Sandel was featured in Health and Housing 101: Understanding the Intersections, a webinar also featuring Eva Marie Stahl, Ph.D. from the Community Catalyst’s Alliance for Children’s Health (CCACH) team, and Janet Vivieros, MPH from  the

Food is Medicine: Promoting Food Security in Health Care and Community Settings

May 6, 2016

Children’s HealthWatch Senior Policy Analyst – State Policy, Richard Sheward, presented an in-depth look at how The Hunger Vital Sign (a two-question food insecurity screening tool) enables community-based hunger relief organizations and health care organizations to partner and collaborate to increase their impact and address the root causes of hunger and poverty in innovative ways. […]

Letter to House Committee on Education and Workforce re: Child Nutrition Act Re-authorization draft bill

On April 27, 2016, Children’s HealthWatch sent a letter to the House Committee on Education and Workforce regarding their Child Nutrition Act Re-authorization draft bill.

Housing as a Health Care Investment for Children

April 25, 2016

On April 25th, 2016, Children’s HealthWatch Principal Investigator, Dr. Megan Sandel discussed findings from recent research conducted by Children’s HealthWatch which shows that access to affordable housing is associated with lower risk of hospitalization among infants from vulnerable, low-income families.

Housing, Child Health and Healthy Communities

March 8, 2016

Stephanie Ettinger de Cuba, Children’s HealthWatch Research and Policy Director, presented on housing and health at Habitat Charlotte’s Building Futures: A Symposium on Affordable Housing.

Commentary to USDA on Proposed SNAP Photo EBT Implementation Requirements

March 7, 2016

Children’s HealthWatch submitted commentary on the USDA’s Proposed SNAP Photo EBT Implementation Requirements.

Connecting the Dots: How Safe, Affordable Housing Can Improve Individual and Family Health

December 8, 2015

Richard Sheward, Children’s HealthWatch Senior Policy Analyst – State Policy delivered a presentation on health and housing at the Bronx Health and Housing Consortium’s 5th Annual Convening.

Testimony Before the Subcommittee on Nutrition, Committee on Agriculture United States House of Representatives

October 27, 2015

Children’s HealthWatch Principal Investigator, Eduardo Ochoa, Jr., MD, FAAP, testified before the Subcommittee on Nutrition, Committee on Agriculture, United States House of Representatives.  Click here to view the testimony.

Testimony in support of MA Senate Bill 69, “An Act to eliminate photo identification on electronic benefit cards”

November 12, 2015

Children’s HealthWatch submitted testimony to the Members of the Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities in support of Senate Bill 69, “An Act to eliminate photo identification on electronic benefit cards.”

The Impact of Hunger on Youth

April 30, 2015

Children’s HealthWatch founder and Principal Investigator, Dr. Deborah Frank presented “The Impact of Hunger on Youth ” at Rhode Island In Action: Feeding Children Where They Live, Learn, and Play, in Providence, Rhode Island on April 30,2015.

Congressional Hunger Center Fellows – Training on Hunger and Public Health

August 26, 2015

Children’s HealthWatch research and Policy Director, Stephanie Ettinger de Cuba, led a training on hunger and public health for the incoming class of Congressional Hunger Center Fellows.             The Congressional Hunger Center trains and inspires leaders who work to end hunger, and advocates public policies that create […]

Community Eligibility Statement

July 1, 2015

Children’s HealthWatch encourages school districts to notify their state agencies before August 31, 2015 to opt in for Community Eligibility for the 2015-16 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 income children have the opportunity to offer […]

Testimony to Improve CACFP in Massachusetts

June 3, 2015

Children’s HealthWatch Principal Investigators in Boston submitted written testimony on improvements to the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) to the Joint Committee on Education in Massachusetts. Improving CACFP will ensure that children in child care settings across the Commonwealth will have better access to the nutrition necessary for their rapidly growing bodies and brains. […]

Hunger and Health: Connecting Patients to Food Assistance

June 23, 2015

On June 23, 2015, Children’s HealthWatch founder and Principal Investigator, Dr. Deborah Frank, presented on a webinar about why doctors care about hunger and the Hunger Vital Sign™, an easy two-question screener validated by Children’s HealthWatch.

Home Matters for Health on Long Island

June 12, 2015

Stephanie Ettinger de Cuba, Children’s HealthWatch Research and Policy Director, presented on housing and health at the Home Matters for Health on Long Island conference.

Testimony to Increase Massachusetts EITC

On March 31, 2015, Children’s HealthWatch Principal Investigator, Dr. Megan Sandel, testified before the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Revenue in support of a proposal to increase the state’s earned Income Tax Credit. “As a pediatrician, what if I told you I could write a prescription that would reduce the risk of pre-term births, low birth […]