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Diana Serrano HeadshotDiana Serrano Accepted to Public Policy Fellowship at Rappaport Institute

March 16, 2015

Diana Serrano, second year PhD student in the Children, Youth and Families concentration, has been accepted to the Public Policy Summer 2015 Fellowship program at the  Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Rosenfeld Gives Talk on Policy Evaluation of MA School Nutrition Standards

March 3, 2015

Dr. Lindsay Rosenfeld, ScD, ScM, ICYFP Scientist and Lecturer, gave a talk to the Heller School community titled, “The NOURISH Study: A Policy Evaluation of New School Nutrition Standards in Massachusetts” as a part of the school's Tuesday Talks series.

Rosenfeld photoRosenfeld Awarded Grant from American Occupational Therapy Foundation 

January 23, 2015

Dr. Lindsay Rosenfeld, ScD, ScM, ICYFP Scientist and Lecturer, has been awarded a grant from the American Occupational Therapy Foundation as a subrecipient in partnership with Dr. Jessica Kramer, Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at Boston University.

The ConversationDodson Publishes Article "We Don't Fight Poverty Anymore"

January 15, 2015

In a new article in The Conversation, ICYFP Senior Scientist Dr. Lisa Dodson calls for a renewed conversation about "the elephant in the room," namely the responsibility to offer fair and living wages to workers that will allow them to care for themselves and their children. 

PBS newshour logoPBS NewsHour Interviews Researchers on Policy Equity Assessment 

December 16, 2014

 "Can government policies correct race and ethnicity disparities in child health?" asks PBS NewsHour in a recent interview with Project Director Dr. Dolores Acevedo-Garcia and Policy Research Director, Dr. Pamela Joshi.

The Policy Equity Assessment featured in Health Affairs Theme Issue on Child Health

December 8, 2015

Researchers from have published the article "Integrating Racial/Ethnic Equity into Policy Assessments to Improve Child Health" in the December 2014 Theme Issue of Health Affairs on Child Health.

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).

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