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Conron headshotKerith Conron Presents on Research Methodology in the Context of LGBT Public Health Issues

April 9, 2014

Dr. Kerith Conron, ICYFP Visiting Scholar and Fenway Institute Research Scientist, spent the afternoon presenting to students on issues of method and measurement as they apply to transgender and cisgender populations in a lecture concerning LGBT public health issues. 
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Dolores Acevedo-Garcia Gives Keynote at 2014 Latina Researchers Conference

April 5, 2014

Dolores Acevedo-Garcia, PhD, MPA-URP, Director of ICYFP, gave the keynote address at this year's Latina Researchers Conference held in New York City on April 5th. The title of her talk was "diversitydatakids.org: Developing an information system to monitor equity in child health."

Diabetes Educator Journal coverICYFP Graduate Research Assistant Drew Zachary Publishes Article in Diabetes Educator

April 4, 2014

ICYFP congratulates its research assistant, PhD student Drew Zachary, for the publication of a new research article in the journal Diabetes Educator. The title of the article is "Family and community influences on diabetes-related dietary change in a low-Income urban neighborhood."Available Online.

Megan Madison headshotCYF PhD Student Megan Madison Awarded the Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-Being

April 2, 2014

Megan Madison, third year PhD student in the Child, Youth and Families concentration and participant in the 2012 ICYFP Summer Internship program, has been selected to receive the competitive Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-Being to support her continued dissertation research for the next two years.

Drew Zachary, headshotICYFP Graduate Research Assistant Drew Zachary Presents at Tufts Student Conference

March 29, 2014

ICYFP Graduate Research Assistant and Heller PhD student Drew Zachary gave a presentation on Saturday, March 29th, 2014 at the Tufts Student Conference on the Future of Food and Nutrition. The title of her presentation was "Expanding food purchasing resources in low-income communities: a framework for policy-making based on shoppers’ perspectives.” 

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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