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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 [...]

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 [...]

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

April 17, 2014
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Children’s HealthWatch signed on to a letter alongside organizations working to address homelessness and housing instability in the Commonwealth.

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.

Letters to USDA Secretary Vilsack and Senator Stabenow Opposing Addition of White Potatoes to WIC Package

January 21, 2014
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Children’s HealthWatch submitted letters to USDA Secretary Vilsack and Senator Stabenow to express serious concern about potato industry lobbying efforts advocating that white potatoes be included in WIC food packages (the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children). Allowing special interest lobbying from the potato industry [...]

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. The research shows that when families lose SNAP they are more likely to be food insecure and to have a child in poor health and at [...]

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 or Adjust Status) has on immigrant families who need nutrition, medical or other assistance. The question’s wording is very [...]

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 of Housing and Community Development.