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Health, Housing and Hunger: The Building Blocks of Childhood Success

Health, Housing and Hunger: The Building Blocks of Childhood Success

December 22, 2008

In January, the Legislature will start a new session and will welcome 21 new members of the House and Senate. This moment offers a unique opportunity for many advocates to educate the new members, as well as some of the returning members. Working with the legislative Joint Committee on Children, Families, and Persons With Disabilities, the Children’s Health Access Coalition (CHAC) is organizing a January 26th State House education event on a range of issues related to children called “Health, Housing, and Hunger: The Building Blocks of Childhood Success.” Taking a holistic approach to children’s welfare, CHAC solicited participation from a number of other organizations to bring their expertise in the areas of housing and nutrition. Precarious housing and inadequate nutrition have direct links to poor health outcomes, which in turn stack the deck against children being able to do well in school.

The January 26th event has the potential to help set the tone for the work of the Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities Committee for the session. Although the Commonwealth is facing difficult financial times, there is still an opportunity to pass meaningful legislation that will make improvements in the lives of children across the state.

In putting together this event, CHAC has an exciting opportunity to collaborate with other organizations who we do not traditionally work with. CHAC has been working closely with several organizations outside the traditional children’s health network including Horizons for Homeless Children, Homes for Families, Project Bread, and the Greater Boston Food Bank.

To learn more about the event contact Matt Noyes at mnoyes@hcfama.org.