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Protecting Children and Families Who Are Experiencing Homelessness and Housing Instability in the Massachusetts FY’15 Budget

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Children’s HealthWatch signed on to a letter alongside organizations working to address homelessness and housing instability in the Commonwealth.

Nurses for Global Health Annual Conference “The Many Faces of Hunger”

April 22, 2014
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Spoke on hunger and health at the Nurses for Global Health Annual Conference “The Many Faces of Hunger” in Baltimore, MD.

Request for Level Funding of TAFDC in the Massachusetts FY15 Budget

March 24, 2014
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Massachusetts State Representatives Kay Khan of Newton and Marjorie C. Decker of Cambridge cited Children’s HealthWatch research in a letter to House Ways and Means Chairman, Brian Dempsey, asking him to consider level funding for Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC) in the FY15 budget.

Children’s HealthWatch and Zero to Three Letter to Farm Bill Conferees

December 2, 2013
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As farm-bill conferees try to reconcile the House and Senate versions of the farm-bill before the end of the calendar year, Children’s HealthWatch and Zero to Three submitted a letter to the Chairs and Ranking Members.

Northeast Regional Anti Hunger Network (NERAHN) strongly opposes House action on split Farm Bill

June 1, 2013
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As part of the Northeast Regional Anti-Hunger Network (NEHRAN), Children’s HealthWatch signed a statement opposing House action on a split Farm Bill.

Family Homelessness in the FY14 Massachusetts State Senate Budget

May 16, 2013
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Dr. Deborah Frank, Children’s HealthWatch Founder and Principal Investigator, and Dr. Megan Sandel, Children’s HealthWatch Co-Principal Investigator, wrote a letter to Massachusetts State Senate President Therese Murray and Chairman Brewer, Chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, about family homeless in FY14 Senate Budget. Children’s HealthWatch remains gravely concerned about restrictions on access to emergency shelter for homeless families.

New Research: For Many Working Families Loss or Reduction of SNAP Benefits Can Cause SeriousHarm

May 15, 2013
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 Children’s HealthWatch summarized our forthcoming analysis about the child health effects of lost or reduced Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. [...]

Pediatric Health Professionals from around the Country Know SNAP is Good Medicine

May 14, 2013
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Children’s HealthWatch has released a statement titled, Pediatric Health Professionals from around the Country Know SNAP is Good Medicine, affirming our support for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) given the strong scientific evidence showing the importance of SNAP for children’s health and development. As the Senate and House work on Farm Bill legislation that will determine the funding and structure of the SNAP program for the next five years, Children’s HealthWatch urges Congress to protect and strengthen SNAP.

NEHRAN Coalition Letter to President Obama

April 10, 2013
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As part of the Northeast Regional Anti-Hunger Network (NEHRAN), Children’s HealthWatch submitted a letter to President Obama about steps that can be taken by the Executive Office to eliminate Childhood Hunger.

Comments to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

October 25, 2012
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Children’s HealthWatch submitted comments to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) about the effect that Question 2 Part 3 of the Form I-485 (application to Register Permanent Residence [...]

TESTIMONY OF DR. MEGAN SANDEL ON THE CHILD HEALTH IMPACT OF NEW EA REGULATIONS

October 22, 2012
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Dr. Megan Sandel, Children’s HealthWatch Co-Principal Investigator, submitted comments on behalf of Children’s HealthWatch to the Massachusetts State Government and the Department [...]

Congressional Briefing: Child Hunger

September 19, 2012
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Children’s HealthWatch Co-Principal Investigator, Dr. Maureen Black, spoke on a panel during a Congressional Briefing at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, DC. Feeding America and Share Our Strength’s No Kid [...]

Masachusetts FY13 Reforms to Address Family Homelessness

July 30, 2012
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Children’s HealthWatch Principal Investigators, Dr. Frank and Dr. Sandel wrote letters to Governor Patrick as well as the leadership in both the House and the Senate urging the necessity of clarifying [...]

Comments on the 2012 Farm Bill: Protect SNAP; Children cannot eat retroactively

May 7, 2012
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In response to the opportunity to submit feedback on the Farm Bill via the House Committee on Agriculture’s website, Children’s HealthWatch researchers submitted comments to express [...]

Proposals to Restrict Access to Emergency Shelter for Children and Families

May 4, 2012
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Proposed Cuts to “Heat and Eat” SNAP Benefit Coordination

February 17, 2012
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Children’s HealthWatch Principal Investigators wrote a letter to Senate and House Agriculture Committee Leadership.

Proposed Cuts to “Heat and Eat” SNAP Benefit Coordination

February 7, 2012
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Children’s HealthWatch Principal Investigators wrote a letter to Senate and House Agriculture Committee Leadership.

Regarding Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service Request for Information: Research on the Causes, Characteristics, and Consequences of Childhood Hunger and Food Insecurity

October 11, 2011
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Dr. John Cook, Children’s HealthWatch Principal Investigator, submitted public comments on behalf [...]

The public health crisis of food insecurity and interventions that work: The Child Nutrition Programs

March 4, 2010
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Testimony to the US House of Representatives, Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies.

Maintaining the State’s Primary Homelessness Prevention Tool

June 16, 2009
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Testimony on The Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program.