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Photo of Dr. Joanna AlmeidaJoanna Almeida publishes study that identifies possible link between anti-immigrant policies and health of all Latinos

December 2016

A new study by Dr. Joanna Almeida titled “The association between anti-immigrant policies and perceived discrimination among Latinos in the US: A multilevel analysis” was just published in Social Science & Medicine-Population Health. This is the first quantitative, nationally representative study to identify a key link in the chain of how anti-immigrant policies may impact the health of all Latinos. Promoting policies which engender discrimination may have the unintended consequence of worsening health among a growing segment of the US population. Click here for the full article.

Pam Joshi, Erin Hardy and Ioana Crisan receiving the Heller Research Award

 MA Child Care Subsidies Research Team wins the Heller Research Award

April 2016

ICYFP's MA Child Care Subsidies research team won the inaugural Heller Research award for its mixed-methods evaluation of changes in administrative procedures that have the potential to increase the stability of receipt and continuity of child care arrangements in MA. These findings have already impacted the Obama Administration's new child care subsidy regulations. This team is comprised of ICYFP researchers Pam Joshi, Erin Hardy, Ioana Crisan and PhD students Kate Giapponi and Diana Serrano.

DDK team with David Norris

White House invites diversitydatakids to demo new "How Affordable is Opportunity?" Tool

March 2016 

The project was invited to participate in a two month intensive design process for The Opportunity Project—a joint initiative of the White House, HUD, Census Bureau and Presidential Innovation Fellows. The team demoed its newly developed How Affordable is Opportunity? Tool at the kick-off event with Administration officials that highlighted new ways that the public and private sectors can spur innovations and empower communities to leverage technology and open data to expand access to opportunity.

Mission and Vision of the Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy

The mission of the Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy (ICYFP) is to conduct and disseminate policy relevant research on the well-being, health and development of children and their families. 

ICYFP’s vision is that all children should be able or enabled to achieve the Institute of Medicine’s (2004) definition of children’s health, that is, to develop and realize their potential, satisfy their needs, and develop the capacities that allow them to interact successfully with their biological, physical, and social environments.

There are vast global, national and local inequities in the ability of children to achieve health. ICYFP research seeks to understand the causes of these inequities and to offer program and policy solutions to alleviate them. ICYFP has a special focus on vulnerable children and their families, including those children who have fewer opportunities for achieving health due to their race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status or disability status. 

ICYFP research is informed by the notion that "children are not the people of tomorrow, but people today" (Janusz Korczak), that children have basic rights (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child), and that improving the well-being of children through social policy is a good investment in the future (Institute of Medicine 2004).

latino siblings smiling together

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