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Minimum Wage is Not Enough: A True Living Wage is Necessary to Reduce Poverty and Improve Health


The federal minimum wage has remained at $7.25 per hour for more than 12 years. While the U.S. minimum wage was never truly a living wage, over time it has done less to reflect the true value of workers and no longer supports families in a way that promotes health and keeps them out of poverty. Many arguments have been made against raising the federal minimum wage. This brief lays out the clear benefits to individual workers, businesses, and the community that outweigh the potential challenges that will arise from providing a living wage to all workers.

Public Health Rationale for Divesting from Police 


This policy brief provides an argument for defunding the Philadelphia Police Department by examining city's proposed fiscal year 2022 budget. It provides recommendation on diverting funding to other city resources to more effectively address the major public health issues impacting Philadelphia, including violence.

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


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.

Philadelphia Hardship Data


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.

Freedom from Hunger: An Achievable Goal for the United States of America


To identify solutions to hunger, Congress created the bipartisan National Commission on Hunger to provide policy recommendations to Congress and the USDA Secretary to more effectively use existing programs and funds of the Department of Agriculture to combat domestic hunger and food insecurity. This report is a summary of the findings of public hearings from eight cities and over 180 testimonies.

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


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.

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


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


Research presented by  Children’s HealthWatch in this 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


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 


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

Energy Insecurity is a Major Threat to Child Health


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


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.

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


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.

Balancing Acts: Energy Insecurity Among Low-Income Babies and Toddlers of Color


This report highlights the negative effects of energy insecurity on food insecurity and health of low-income babies and toddlers of color.

Fuel for Our Future: Impacts of Energy Insecurity on Children’s Health, Nutrition, and Learning


This September 2007 report examines the impact of rising energy prices on low-income families and provides recommendations to minimize the impact on child health.