Center for Hunger-Free Communities staff members Jenay Smith and Dominique Jenkins presented a professional workshop on building trauma-informed spaces in the welfare system at the Philadelphia Trauma Training Conference hosted at Jefferson University July 30 to August 1.
On March 5, 2019, Dr. Mariana Chilton provided testimony to Philadelphia City Council for a hearing on child hunger, called for in a resolution sponsored by Councilperson Blondell Reynolds Brown. Dr. Chilton joined Dr. Linda Kilby, Executive Director of N.O.R.T.H, Inc, Hilary Stiebel, Programs Manager for Philabundance, and Kathy Fisher, Policy Director for The Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger in a panel providing testimonies on actionable solutions to be led by the City.
Sherita Mouzon has penned an open letter discussing her experiences of discrimination growing up in North Philadelphia.
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.
Check out photos from our Second Annual Youth Forum on September 15! It was a fun, informative afternoon of community building and social justice. Our ten youth photographers, ages 10-16, shared their engaging work and their insights on how to address issues in their communities. Capped off by a compelling youth panel and delicious food by the EAT Café, it was an amazing event!
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.