There's an awesome nonprofit providing MA social services agencies with diapers for those cute little bottoms that - unfortunately - sometimes aren't changed as often as they should be. Diapers aren't something that can be purchased with WIC debit cards or Food Stamps. Do you know an agency that would like to provide diapers to its clients? Do you have new, clean diapers (open or unopened boxes, diaper wipes, or diaper rewards points you no longer need?
Look to the Mobile Markets for affordable, fresh foods! - "The strategy of the Live Well Springfield Movement provides access to healthy food at affordable prices. SNAP recipients get twice as much for every dollar spent when they use their EBT card. This year the Go Fresh Mobile Farmers’ Market is partnering with Concerned Citizens of Mason Square Saturday Farmer’s Market to manage the bus and associates and to work together to develop a coordinated system of food access."
Inequality is killing American babies - Vox "authors do note one promising option: home visits by nurses. "Both Finland and Austria, along with much of the rest of Europe, have policies which bring nurses or other health professionals to visit parents and infants at home," they note. Randomized trials in the United States have found similar programs reduce child abuse, neglect, and injury, though effects on mortality are less well-established."
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is the lead agency for the Massachusetts Home Visiting Initiative. MDPH has several other home visiting programs: F.O.R. Families, Early Intervention Partnerships Program and MA Pregnant and Parenting Teens Initiative. www.mass.gov/dph