Maternity Care in Rural Hospitals

In January, the online news platform, Axios, published a brief article highlighting the impacts that current economic and staffing challenges have had on rural hospitals across the United States. The issues faced by the healthcare institutions have led many located outside of city areas to begin to reduce their maternity services for expectant mothers and

Taking a Fresh Look at Summer Meals

On Thursday, February 1, 2024, the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) hosted a webinar entitled Taking a Fresh Look at Summer Meals. The organization emphasized the overall importance of these nutritional programs for children, which support youth physical and mental well-being and development. Students have the opportunity to obtain nutritious meals during the summer,

Gun Violence Hearing in Senate

On November 28, 2023, the Senate Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing entitled, “The Gun Violence Epidemic: A Public Health Crisis.” Chairman Dick Durbin [D-IL] referred to gun violence as a public health epidemic and highlighted impact of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, passed in 2022, that implemented several changes to mental health systems,

Free School Meals for All: Webinar

The Food Research and Action Center held a webinar on November 30, 2023 to discuss the benefits and need for free school meals, regardless of household income, to be provided to all children. These benefits include students being ready to learn, reduced stigma in the lunchroom, the end of school meal debt, and more. There

Senate Judiciary Subcommittee Hearing on Social Media and the Teen Mental Health Crisis

The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the law had a hearing on November 7th about social media and the teen mental health crisis. Chairman Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) opened the hearing by introducing the witness, former Director of Engineering for Protection and Care at Facebook turned Meta whistleblower, Aturo Béjar. Senator Blumenthal described Mr.

The Intersection of Housing and Food Insecurities: Webinar

The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) hosted a webinar on November 16, 2023, entitled "Fighting Hunger with Housing: Actions and Updates for Advocates." They explored the connection between a lack of housing security and food stability, and the adverse health impacts resulting from the inability to afford and access reliable food sources. Hunger and

Issue Brief: Six Months into Unwinding

UnidosUs, along with Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF), The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, NAACP, National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), National Council of Urban Indian Health (NCUIH), National Urban League, Southern Poverty Law Center Action Fund, Coalition on Human Needs, and Protect Our Care, released an issue brief regarding

Food Security and Passing the Expanded Child Tax Credit

The Food Research Action Center (FRAC) hosted a webinar on October 25, 2023, entitled “The Pathway for Congress to Pass an Expanded Child Tax Credit”. Alex Ashbrook, the Director of Root Causes and Specific Populations at FRAC, opened the discussion by explaining that one in eight kids struggle with hunger, a jump from one in

Child Welfare Hearing on Title IV-B Reauthorization

On Thursday, September 28, 2023, the House Ways and Means Subcommittee held a hearing about Title IV-B of the Social Security Act entitled, “Modernizing Child Welfare to Protect Vulnerable Children.” Title IV-B is a small but important source of funding for child welfare agencies and community-based organizations, and it is due to be reauthorized this

CWLA Endorsed: Housing ACCESS Act

This week, Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA) and Senator Alex Padilla (D-CA) introduced the Housing Alignment and Coordination of Critical and Effective Supportive Health Services (ACCESS) Act. The legislation would align housing and services for people experiencing chronic homelessness and unnecessary institutionalization. In sum, the bill aims to make Medicaid services work better with housing.

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