Research Hubs

In addition to funding investigator-initiated research through our annual call for proposals, Policies for Action collaborates with special Research Hubs across the country to foster high-impact policy research. These Research Hubs provide unique, transdisciplinary settings to develop a portfolio of strategic policy research to explore how policies, laws, and regulations in both the public and private sectors can help build a Culture of Health.

Research Hubs conduct research within specific issue areas, such as housing, transportation and financing, and provide strategic support for the program and its grantees. They bring valuable expertise and experience 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 is focused on a group of emerging policy innovations for which there is currently a fair amount of action and activity, yet little solid evidence. This includes Pay-for-Success initiatives, “Health in All Policies” efforts, and interventions targeting super-utilizers of health care.
NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service

New York University Wagner Graduate School of Public Service

The Policies for Action Research Hub at NYU’s Wagner School will extend their original research portfolio (to include a stronger focus on housing instability, criminal justice, and education), and further advance the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s focus on healthy communities, by examining the effects of non-health policies on health in the context of place.
Urban Institute

Urban Institute

The Policies for Action Research Hub at the Urban Institute is investigating a wide range of policy levers and cross-sector collaborations that are influencing health and well-being, including analyses of housing and food sector policies; state fiscal and income-related policies; and the impact of the opioid epidemic on children's health.
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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 is studying the implementation and impact of public policies focused on improving children’s diet and activity levels.
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Institute for Women's Policy Research and University of California, Berkeley

The Policies for Action Research Hub led by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research and the University of California, Berkeley, focuses on income enhancement and workplace policies that help working parents, especially those struggling to make ends meet, to have the time and financial resources to protect and invest in their family’s health.
Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University

The Policies for Action Research Hub at Vanderbilt is uniting a rich set of health and education data to better understand the challenges faced by children in Tennessee, especially those who are at risk of falling behind on key health and educational outcomes.
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

The Policies for Action Research Hub at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, teamed with researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Columbia University, is examining the continuing course and impact of health insurance expansion and alternative models of coverage under the Affordable Care Act.