Last week a police officer brutally murdered George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, while other officers and witnesses looked on. This came upon the heels of the murder of Breonna Taylor, an emergency medical technician serving on the front lines of the COVID crisis, by police who broke into her home with a battering ram. It happened soon after the white vigilante shooting of Ahmaud Arbery as he was simply trying to stay healthy and just days after a white woman called police on a nature lover and birdwatcher, who was also a Black man.
As the impact of COVID-19 continues to expand across the Philadelphia area, low-income residents may be disproportionately impacted by business closures and other disruptions to their lives. Below are some resources that may be of use to members of the Center's programs as well as the community at large. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list and the situation is constantly changing. Additional resources will be added as they become available.
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The Building Wealth and Health Network is recruiting members to join their financial education and personal empowerment classes being held in West Philadelphia.
Kevin Thomas Jr., Associate Director of the Building Wealth and Health Network, testified before City Council's Committee on Commerce and Economic Development on banking accessibility. The hearing on Oct. 21 focused on unbanked and underbanked Philadelphians and the City's plans to help provide access to banking services for all residents. City Council members Bill Greenlee, Jannie Blackwell, Curtis Jones Jr., and Allan Domb were in attendance.
The violent treatment of Jazmine Headley and her 18-month-old son in a county assistance office in New York City exemplifies everything that is wrong with the way public-assistance programs work in the United States. It is emblematic of how our government treats low-income women and children of color—as if their every move must be controlled, surveilled, and penalized.
Decades of research from Children's HealthWatch and others show participation in public programs improves the health and development of young children in families with low incomes, including children with immigrant parents. Below we document the child and family health benefits of public assistance programs and highlight the ways in which forcing families to choose between providing basic necessities for their family or risk their future immigration status jeopardizes the public health and economic prosperity of our nation.
Our new report from Children's HealthWatch, From Disparities to Discrimination: Getting at the Roots of Food Insecurity, highlights emerging research from our Philadelphia site that documents differences in food insecurity in relation to experiences with racial and ethnic discrimination on the street, in healthcare, school and work, with the police, and in other settings. Our analysis shows that lifetime experiences of discrimination are strongly linked to reports of household and child food insecurity.
This report card from Children's HealthWatch examines children’s weight over time. We looked at almost 3,000 infants and toddlers from low-income families who started life in a healthy state – born at a healthy birth weight and at term.
In a new article in The Nation, Greg Kaufmann writes, "The [Poor People's] Campaign wants to advance a new understanding of poverty as a traumatic experience inflicted by policy-makers."
As pediatricians, public health researchers, and child health and policy experts, we strongly oppose the regulatory proposal “Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds” released by the Department of Homeland Security this weekend. This proposal will endanger the health and well-being of families of immigrants and their children.1
Come celebrate 20 years of research & policy work on behalf of young children! Since our founding in 1998, Children’s HealthWatch has worked to fulfill its mission to improve the health and development of young children by informing policies that address and alleviate economic hardships. Thus we are excited to invite you to join us at our 20th Anniversary Celebration to look back at what we have been able to accomplish, and to move forward in advancing critical research.
Dr. Mariana Chilton’s Philadelphia Inquirer article highlights the importance of pursuing trauma-informed practices in our community and government organizations. Written in response to Oprah Winfrey’s 60 Minutes interview with trauma researcher Bruce Perry, MD, this Op-Ed is a call to action for intentional trauma-informed practices in Philadelphia.
Several members of Witnesses to Hunger: New Haven spoke at last week’s Board of Education meeting about the urgency of bringing supper to more schools. The New Haven Independent reports on this story.
The Center for Hunger-Free Communities envisions a world where children born today will inherit a nation free from hunger; a nation where all members of the community partner to keep families economically secure; and a nation where all people have an equal voice in policies that affect their lives.