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Children's Health Watch

From Disparities to Discrimination: Getting at the Roots of Food Insecurity

2018

In this 2018 report, research from Children HealthWatch in Philadelphia documents differences in food insecurity in relation to experiences with racial and ethnic discrimination. Additional briefs spotlight the discrimination experienced in public, healthcare, school, work, and criminal justice system.


Keeping Children's Weight on Track: A Pathway to Health and Well-Being

2018

This 2018 report examines weight trajectories among 2,719 children interviewed by Children's HealthWatch.


Mother's Adversity and Their Children's Development Risk

2017

This 2017 Children's HealthWatch research brief highlights the impact of maternal childhood trauma on their children's health.


Philadelphia Hunger Increases

2017

In this 2017 Children's HealthWatch report, research shows that food insecurity in Philadelphia is increasing at the household and child level for families of children under age 4. In families with a caregiver working at least 20 hours per week, food insecurity is rising even faster.


Childhood Adversity and Food Insecurity in Adulthood: Intergenerational Transfer of Hardship

2016

The more adverse childhood experiences a caregiver reports, the more likely she is to report more severe forms of food insecurity, according to this Children's HealthWatch brief.


Philadelphia Hardship Data

2016

This 2016 Children's HealthWatch report provides a breakdown of the demographic, food insecurity and other hardship data that the Children's HealthWatch team collected from 2005 to 2016.


Making SNAP Work for Families Leaving Poverty

2014

SNAP is effective in reducing food insecurity. However, this 2014 report shows that when SNAP is reduced too quickly or families are cut off of SNAP because of an increase in income, they experience greater hardships than those who consistently receive SNAP. 


Steadying the Foundation: Maternal Job Stability, Safety Net Programs and Young Children's Health

2014

This 2014 Children's HealthWatch report explores the impact of mothers' job instability on her mental and physical health and the health and development of her children.


Punishing Hard Work: Consequences of Cutting SNAP Benefits

2013

This 2013 Children's HealthWatch report looks at the “cliff effect” related to nutrition assistance programs and offers policy recommendations that would ensure families can climb to economic independence and not “fall off a cliff” when they begin to make progress toward self-sufficiency.


Multiple Hardships Among Philadelphia Families with Young Children (2008-2011)

2012

For many low-income families, hardships are rarely experienced in isolation. This 2012 report looks at the instances and impacts of housing, energy, and food insecurity and when families experience more than one at a time.


The SNAP Vaccine: Boosting Children's Health

2012

This 2012 report examines the impact of SNAP on the health of young children, specifically among those from immigrant families, and provides recommendations to improve the program to better meet the needs of families.


Stable, Affordable Housing Supports Young Children’s Health in Philadelphia 

2012

This Children's HealthWatch report from 2012 explores the impact of housing insecurity and frequent moves on child health and development.


Behind Closed Doors: The Hidden Health Impacts of Being Behind on Rent

2011

Research presented by  Children’s HealthWatch in this 2011 report shows that being behind on rent or mortgage correlates strongly with negative health outcomes for mothers and children.


LIHEAP Stabilizes Family Housing and Protects Children’s Health

2011

This 2011 Children's HealthWatch report highlights the health impacts of energy insecurity and the support offered by LIHEAP to stabilize families’ housing and protect children’s health and growth.


Overcrowding and Frequent Moves Undermine Children’s Health 

2011

This 2011 Children's HealthWatch report explores the impact of overcrowded housing and frequent moves on child health and development.


The Real Cost of a Healthy Diet

2011

This 2011 report looks at the cost of a healthy diet by examining the affordability and accessibility of food for those receiving SNAP benefits, based on the USDA's Thrifty Food Plan.


Too Many Hurdles: Barriers to Receiving SNAP Put Children’s Health at Risk

2011

This Children's HealthWatch report from 2011 looks at how barriers to accessing SNAP put children’s nutrition, health, and growth at risk. 


Child Care Feeding Programs Support Young Children’s Healthy Development

2010

This Children's HealthWatch brief highlights research findings that show toddlers in subsidized child care with supplied meals are more likely to be in good health than similar toddlers whose meals must be supplied from home.


Children of Immigrants: Healthy Beginnings Derailed by Food Insecurity

2010

This Children's HealthWatch report shows the role food insecurity plays in harming the health of young children of immigrants, despite their likelihood of having a healthier start.


Earning More, Receiving Less: Loss of Benefits and Child Hunger

2010

This 2010 report shows that families who lose SNAP or TANF benefits when they exceed income eligibility limits experience higher rates of child food insecurity than those receiving benefits.


Energy Insecurity is a Major Threat to Child Health

2010

This 2010 Children's HealthWatch report shares that young children in energy insecure homes are at high risk for food insecurity, poor health, hospitalizations, and developmental delays. The recession increased the risk of energy insecurity, putting more children’s health in jeopardy.


Healthy Families in Hard Times: Solutions for Multiple Family Hardships

2010

Families experiencing multiple hardships suffer negative health effects that have life-long consequences; this June 2010 study shows that as the number and severity of hardships increase, so do risks to children’s health and development.


WIC Improves Child Health and School Readiness

2010

This 2010 Children's HealthWatch report looks at the impact of the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) on child health amd development.


Affordable Health Care Keeps Children and Families Healthy

2009

This Children's HealthWatch report presents that the health of young children is negatively impacted when parents cannot afford healthcare for themselves or or when parents have to forego payment of household expenses in order to pay for healthcare.


Even Very Low Levels of Food Insecurity Found to Harm Children’s Health

2009

This 2009 Children's HealthWatch report highlights that many of the 2.6 million children under age five living in marginally food-secure households are not receiving needed nutritional support through WIC.


Feeding Our Future: Growing Up Healthy with WIC

2009

This 2009 report highlights the importance of the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and challenges limiting access for families who need it.


Food Insecurity Rates Rise Steeply with Recession

2009

This 2009 Children's HealthWatch report explores the impact of the 2008 recession on food insecurity.


Funding Shortfall for Housing Vouchers Could Have Serious Health Consequences for Children

2009

This 2009 Children’s HealthWatch report presents research showing that young children whose families have a housing subsidy are less likely to be seriously underweight than young children whose families are eligible for but do not receive a subsidy.


Coming Up Short: High food costs outstrip food stamp benefits

2008

This research report looks at the cost of a healthy diet by examining the affordability and accessibility of food for those receiving SNAP benefits, based on the USDA's Thrifty Food Plan. Philadelphia-specific data are also presented