Category: Megan Sandel

Why do poor people smoke more?

March 26th, 2014 in 2014, CNN.com, Megan Sandel, Newsmakers, Renee Boynton-Jarrett, School of Medicine, School of Public Health 0 comments

CNN.com
By Megan Sandel, School of Medicine, School of Public Health
and Renee Boynton-Jarrett, School of Medicine

Crystal R. takes pictures of her neighborhood as part of Witnesses to Hunger. Among Crystal’s photos of piles of trash, abandoned lots and barbed wire fences is a striking picture: large advertisements for “special prices” of cigarettes promising “Kool — be true” that greet her on her way to shop for food…

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Child poverty increased in Mass., report shows

March 26th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Globe, Megan Sandel, Newsmakers, School of Medicine, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Megan Sandel, School of Medicine, School of Public Health

A growing percentage of Massachusetts children are living in poverty, with more than a quarter of youngsters in Suffolk County and nearly a third in Hampden County coming from families with incomes below the federal poverty line in 2012, according to a new report that concludes that where residents live significantly affects their health and their longevity…

Expert quote:

“Families with young children are working harder and harder, but are falling farther behind.”

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Why a health insurance company entered the housing market

February 13th, 2014 in 2014, Marketplace, Megan Sandel, Newsmakers, School of Medicine, School of Public Health 0 comments

Marketplace
Megan Sandel, School of Medicine, School of Public Health

A growing body of research says your health has a lot to do with where you live. If you’re poor and struggle to keep a roof over your head, you’re going to get sick more often…

Expert quote:

“Many of the kids we see are basically failing to thrive. They’re not able to grow their brains and bodies because they’re homeless and they’re not able to feed themselves on a regular basis, or they’re moving frequently.”

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BMC doctors: SNAP cuts will harm children

December 26th, 2013 in 2013, Megan Sandel, Newsmakers, School of Medicine, School of Public Health, WCVB 0 comments

WCVB
Megan Sandel, School of Medicine, School of Public Health

Millions of Americans now face feeding their families on less than $1.40 per meal since since November’s cuts to the federal food stamp program, officially known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP…

Expert quote:

“For many families, that translated to 30 meals a month less that they’re going to have available to feed their kids, to feed themselves. And now we’re talking about cutting again.”

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Forum on Family Homelessness in Concord focuses on children’s health

March 17th, 2012 in 2012, Megan Sandel, Newsmakers, School of Medicine 0 comments

Wicked Local Concord
Megan Sandel, School of Medicine

When she was nine months pregnant, Diane Sullivan and her family became homeless…

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Snapshots of hunger on display at State House

March 10th, 2012 in 2012, Boston Globe, Megan Sandel, Newsmakers, School of Medicine 0 comments

Boston Globe
Megan Sandel, School of Medicine

What does hunger look like?…

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