Economic security and the ability to meaningfully participate in the economy are vital to individual and population health and well-being. Yet for many workers, low wages and lack of paid leave policies put them at risk for poor outcomes. Wealth and health are intricately linked—through various direct and indirect pathways—and a more nuanced understanding of these connections is key to increasing the opportunity to achieve good health.
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To advance equitable and inclusive policies, we need greater diversity in policy and law research. In 2019, Policies for Action is issuing a special call for proposals to advance health equity by actively seeking new and diverse perspectives from the policy research field. This opportunity will support early-career researchers from underrepresented and historically disadvantaged backgrounds to help us understand and find solutions that promote health equity and foster action on policies and laws that ensure all people in America can attain and preserve good health and well-being.
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.
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.
This spring, P4A’s Research Hub at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) and the University of California, Berkeley hosted a series of three webinars on the impacts of work supports on health.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.