The mission of PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) is to achieve optimal child health and well-being by informing program and policy changes through interdisciplinary research. PolicyLab is a Center of Emphasis within Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute, one of the largest pediatric research institutes in the country.
At PolicyLab, our experience caring for children and families informs our 'evidence to action' approach to improving children's health.
Founded in 2008, we research, develop and implement evidence-based solutions that are responsive to community needs and relevant to child health policy priorities. We collaborate with practitioners, families and policymakers throughout the research process because we know we cannot achieve improved child health outcomes by ourselves. And since research articles on their own are unlikely to produce change, we have a dedicated team of communications and policy professionals who work with our researchers to translate their work for a broad array of program and policy audiences.
Director David Rubin, MD, MSCE, and Deputy Director Meredith Matone, DrPH, MHS, lead a team of more than 28 faculty and 35 staff who are experts in medicine, public health, social work, psychology, law, biostatistics, health services research, and population health. Our work is focused in four areas: adolescent health and well-being, health care coverage, access and quality, health equity, and intergenerational family services. The wide array of projects within those portfolios include topics such as early childhood development, behavioral health, immigrant and refugee health, health insurance, and provider-patient relationships.
Additionally, PolicyLab co-directs the Healthcare Analytics Unit (HAU) with the CHOP Center for Pediatric Clinical Effectiveness (CPCE). The HAU serves as a resource for PolicyLab and other CHOP investigators using complex data to address research questions by providing expertise in statistical programming, advanced analysis, biostatistics, and clinical epidemiology.