Recent Activities

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.

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 […]

The National Commission on Hunger

Children’s HealthWatch founder and Principal Investigator, Dr. Deborah Frank, and Children’s HealthWatch Principal Investigator, Dr. Mariana Chilton were both appointed to the National Commission on Hunger. This Commission was created by legislative mandate in the Omnibus Appropriations Bill of 2014. Commission members are tasked […]

Massachusetts SNAP Closures Letter

March 10, 2015

Children’s HealthWatch submitted a letter to Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and USDA Secretary Thomas Vilsack to request their help in protecting the Commonwealth’s most vulnerable citizens: its children. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a vital nutritional resource for our patients at Boston Medical Center and their families. We are deeply concerned, however, with the […]

On Solid Ground: Building Opportunity, Preventing Homelessness

February 9, 2015

Children’s HealthWatch has been very active in the On Solid Ground coalition, which released the report – On Solid Ground: Building Opportunity, Preventing Homelessness. This report documents the impact of the Commonwealth’s housing shortage on families with extremely low incomes, and outlines the critical components of a preventative approach […]

Northeast Regional Anti-Hunger Network letter regarding 2014/15 utility cost increase

December 18, 2014

As members of the Northeast Regional Anti-Hunger Network (NERAHN), a coalition of anti-hunger organizations in the seven-state Northeast region, we are writing to you to express serious concern about the impact on low-income households of the utility rate increases that are now taking effect across our area. The hardships brought on by these skyrocketing costs […]

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

October 23, 2014

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 at risk of losing their CHIP coverage in […]

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

October 17, 2014

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 law. Massachusetts abandoned the voluntary job search SNAP […]

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

October 14, 2014

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 budget. The letter was circulated by members of […]

Statement on Rising Child Poverty in Massachusetts

October 14, 2014

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 children in Massachusetts continue to climb. Data from […]

Statement on New Census Bureau Poverty Data

September 19, 2014

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 million people) had income below the poverty level […]

Response to James Bovard’s Wall Street Journal Opinion Article

September 5, 2014

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

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 development at risk, which can have long lasting […]

Community Eligibility Statement

June 11, 2014

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 income children have the opportunity to offer free […]

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

May 20, 2014

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 signs statement opposing efforts weaken federal child nutrition programs

May 19, 2014

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

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 (NSA) funding, and responds adequately to forecasts of […]

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

April 17, 2014

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