Research Hubs

The Policies for Action (P4A) program functions by funding not only investigator-initiated research, but also through collaboration with five Research Hubs. The goal of a research hub is to provide a transdisciplinary setting to develop, implement, and manage a program of strategic policy research to explore how policies, laws, and regulations in both the public and private sectors can support building a Culture of Health.

These hubs conduct research within specific issue areas, such as housing, transportation and financing, and provide strategic support for the program and its grantees. The hubs bring expertise and experience in conducting research that matters at the local, state and national policy levels.

Where We Work

University of Michigan Ford School of Public Policy

University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy

The Policies for Action Research Hub at the University of Michigan will produce innovative, timely, and actionable transdisciplinary research in selected key policy areas that will inform and strengthen the laws, policies, and initiatives necessary to accelerate progress toward population health improvement and health equity.
NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service

New York University Wagner Graduate School of Public Service

The Policies for Action Research Hub at New York University Wagner will generate innovative and practical approaches to improving the health of low-income, urban populations by measuring and connecting health outcomes to community conditions.
Urban Institute

Urban Institute

The Policies for Action Research Hub at the Urban Institute currently focuses on three broad groups of health-related policies: housing and food sector policies; state fiscal and income-related policies; and health care policies.
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Center for Public Health Law Research at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law

The Policies for Action Research Hub at the Center for Public Health Law Research at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law will support policy innovation for health equity through empirical research and legal analysis. The Hub is currently focusing on how laws and legal practices related to housing can help create healthier, more equitable communities.
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University of Illinois at Chicago's Institute for Health Research and Policy and the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis

The Policies for Action Research Hub co-located at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Institute for Health Research and Policy and the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis will study the implementation and impact of public policies focused on improving children’s diet and activity levels.