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Brandeis JBS students walking along the Spicket River Greenway with Groundwork Lawrence Executive Director and Heller Alum, Heather McMannRosenfeld Completes Justice Brandeis Semester Course on Health Care Landscapes

July 24, 2014

ICYFP Scientist Dr. Lindsay Rosenfeld, ScD, ScM, finished teaching Health Care Landscapes on July 24, 2014, part of the intensive, experiential Justice Brandeis Semester [JBS]: Food, Lifestyle, and Health created and directed by Biology Senior Lecturer, Dr. Elaine Lai. The course was a hands-on, writing intensive exploration of the social determinants of diabetes and obesity.

Diana Serrano headshotDiana Serrano Takes on Education Pioneers Fellowship at Superintendent's Office in Washington, DC

July 7, 2014

Diana Serrano, 2nd-year PhD student in the Child, Youth, and Families concentration at the Heller School, has been placed at the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) in Washington, DC this summer as part of her Fellowship with Education Pioneers.

Dodson headshotLisa Dodson Presents at the Work-Family Researchers Network Annual Conference

June 20, 2014

Dr. Lisa Dodson, Ph.D., MPH, ICYFP Visiting Scholar, presented at the annual Work and Family Researchers Network conference in New York City last week. The theme of the conference was “Changing Work and Family Relationships in a Global Economy.”

DAG headshotDolores Acevedo-Garcia Joins March of Dimes Hispanic Advisory Council

June 19, 2014

Dr. Dolores Acevedo-Garcia, PhD, MPA-URP, Director of ICYFP, was selected to join the Hispanic Advisory Council at the March of Dimes, which convened its inaugural meeting earlier this month.

Megan Madison headshotMegan Madison Selected for Summer Doctoral Fellowship at MDRC

June 17, 2014

Megan Madison, a fourth-year PhD student in the Children, Youth, and Families concentration at the Heller School, was recently chosen to participate in the summer 2014 Doctoral Fellowship program at MDRC. Megan will be working in the MDRC's New York office, getting feedback on her dissertation methods and policy implications. 

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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