News and Events

New Policies for Action Research at the Urban Institute

All Americans deserve the chance to live a long, healthy, and productive life regardless of their income, education, birthplace, or racial or ethnic background. Evidence from research continues to grow, showing that our health is profoundly affected by where we live, how we work, and whether our communities are safe and supportive. Federal, state, and local policies and programs relating to housing, food, employment, education, and income, as well as policies in the private sector, are particularly critical.

P4A Experts Present at the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting

On June 2-4, 2019, more than 3,000 attendees will convene in the nation’s capital at the Annual Research Meeting (ARM) to share and strengthen the evidence needed to inform the decisions that affect the health of individuals and communities. P4A researchers will present a panel examining several dimensions of housing affordability and its consequences on health and well-being.

Policies for Action Announces New Grantees

Policies for Action is proud to announce the funding of 11 new research teams as part of its mission to identify policies, laws, and other system and community levers that can help ensure everyone has the opportunity to live a healthier life.

With topics including unpredictable work schedules, food deserts, and state pre-emption, these research projects strike the heart of key policy questions that have real and immediate implications for individuals, families, and communities across the country.

Three P4A Research Hubs Begin Work

Policies for Action is pleased to announce that it will extend funding to its current Research Hub at New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and welcome two new Research Hubs at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Vanderbilt University. Using cutting-edge methodologies and datasets to bridge and break down traditional research silos, the hubs will generate high-impact policy research to explore how policies, laws, and regulations in both the public and private sectors can help build a Culture of Health.

Supporting Working Families: P4A Unveils New Research Hub on Income and Workplace Policies

P4A is thrilled to announce a new Research Hub led by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research and the University of California, Berkeley. The hub will investigate how income and workplace policies can help parents protect and invest in the health and well-being of their families. Led by Heidi Hartmann of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research and William H. Dow of the University of California, Berkeley, the policy research team will work closely with Ascend at the Aspen Institute and other partners to dramatically expand the evidence base for these types of policies, especially at the state and local levels.

P4A Researchers Present at Fall Conferences

Conference season is in full swing, and our researchers are sharing their latest findings on how policies from all sectors influence population health, well-being, and equity.

New National Advisory Committee Members Poised to Help Advance Policy-Focused Research

The Policies for Action program is proud to welcome four new members to its national advisory committee: Daniel Dawes, JD, Darrick Hamilton, PhD, Rita Johnson-Mills, MS, MPA, and Karthick Ramakrishnan, PhD. The committee is a group of highly regarded experts and leaders who offer vision and guidance to the P4A program and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to fund research identifying policies, laws, and other regulatory tools in the public and private sectors that can support RWJF’s mission to build a Culture of Health. Policies for Action is also grateful for the contributions of the four national advisory committee members that have completed their terms: Mark Duggan, PhD, Arnold Epstein, MD, MA, Anthony T. Lo Sasso, PhD, and Angela Evans, MA.

Policies for Action Announces Nine Grantee Projects

Policies for Action (P4A) is proud to announce the funding of nine research teams across the country as part of its mission to identify policies, laws, and other system and community levers that can help ensure everyone has the opportunity to live a healthier life.

With topics including paid family leave laws, substance use interventions, and vaccine exemptions, these research projects represent truly innovative thinking on some of the most urgent issues of our time.

P4A Researchers Featured at APHA Fall Conference

We are delighted to have a strong presence at APHA's fall conference, "Creating the Healthiest Nation: Climate Changes Health." In addition to the sessions listed below, P4A will be joining our sister programs Evidence for Action and Systems for Action as an exhibitor at the Public Health Expo. We encourage you to stop by booth 623 and say hello! A full booklet of all P4A, E4A, S4A sessions can be found here: