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Children of Immigrants: Healthy Beginnings Derailed by Food Insecurity

October 1, 2010

Children of immigrants are the fastest growing child population in the United States. More than 20 percent of children under age six have immigrant parents; approximately 93 percent of these children are American citizens.Of the children who are non-citizens, two-thirds will grow up to become citizens, playing a critical role in our nation's future.

Affordable Health Care Keeps Children and Families Healthy

March 1, 2010

The health of young children is negatively affected when parents have to forego health care for themselves or other adult members of the household or when parents have to forego payment of household expenses in order to pay for health care.

Child Food Insecurity: The Economic Impact on our Nation

July 1, 2009

In this report we present the results of Children's HealthWatch's recent research on the associations of food insecurity and hunger, as measured by the US Food Security Scale, with child health, growth and development.In addition, we place these research results within the context of other research on food security and hunger over the past ten years. Several important themes emerge from the research we describe. These include:Child Hunger is a Health ProblemChild Hunger is an Educational Problem Child Hunger is a Workforce and Job Readiness Problem

Feeding Our Future: Growing Up Healthy with WIC

May 1, 2009

"Feeding Our Future: Growing up Healthy with WIC", which details the important effects that the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) has on very young children. The report highlights Children's HealthWatch research that WIC not only improves children's health but reduces their risk of developmental delays.

Bringing Children in from the Cold: Solutions for Boston's Hidden Homeless

October 31, 2008

This report describes a population of "hidden homeless" families and new research showing that children in these families are more likely to be hungry and in poor health. Unrecorded by any homeless census, these families move frequently, often into overcrowded apartments, or double up with another family never knowing how long they can stay. The report estimates that there are over 14,800 hidden homeless families in Boston and that this number is likely to grow as the economy declines.