Children’s HealthWatch

Children’s HealthWatch is a nonpartisan network of pediatricians, public health researchers, and child health and policy experts committed to improving the health of young children and their families by informing policies that address and alleviate economic hardships–focusing in particular on hunger, unstable housing, difficulty affording home energy and the sacrifices families make between paying for needed health care and paying for other basic needs.  Children’s HealthWatch does that by first collecting real-time data in urban hospitals across the country on infants and toddlers from families facing economic hardships. Children’s HealthWatch then analyzes and shares the findings with academics, legislators, and the public. The findings help policymakers and the public better understand the social and economic factors that impact children’s health so they can make well-informed policy decisions that can give all children equal opportunities for healthy, successful lives.