Charting New Frontiers in Children’s Health Policy & Practice Forum

Date: October 22, 2018
Time: 8:30am-6:00pm
Location: National Museum of American Jewish History in historic Old City Philadelphia

Join us as we celebrate our 10th anniversary with a convening of regional and national leaders in children’s health policy to outline the emerging innovative solutions that will move the dial on child, adolescent and family health and well-being over the course of the next decade. See the full agenda and register today! Registration closes October 10.

PolicyLab wouldn't be what it is today without its policy, research and community partners--join us in setting the course for our next decade!


Meredith Matone
Deputy Director
With decreasing investments in children, never has it been a more important time to discuss a vision for what children will need to succeed in the years ahead.


David Rubin

About Us

Celebrating 10 Years

For the past decade, PolicyLab has been steadfast in working towards its mission to achieve optimal child health and well-being by informing program and policy changes through interdisciplinary research. Knowing we cannot achieve improved health outcomes by ourselves, our forum, “Charting New Frontiers in Children’s Health Policy and Practice,” allows us to take a significant step towards accomplishing our mission by convening regional and national leaders in children’s health policy to outline the emerging innovative solutions that will move the dial on child, adolescent and family health and well-being over the course of the next decade. 

Join policymakers, advocates and researchers for a day of presentations and discussion on topics such as innovative care delivery models, cross-system collaboration to improve behavioral health outcomes and hot child health policy topics in Washington, D.C. We're honored to have Ms. Stephanie Barna, under secretary of defense for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), as our keynote speaker for the day. Ms. Barna, a two-time recipient of the Secretary of the Army’s Exceptional Civilian Service Award, has a long history of helping DoD develop and enhance services to address the unique challenges military children and families face, often collaborating with community and professional organizations. Ms. Barna will speak to the military’s approach to addressing family readiness, which can serve as an example for the rest of the country on how best to prioritize and integrate programs across systems to improve the lives of children and families.

The event will begin with a welcome message and presentation on Philadelphia's A Running Start Health program from Guest of Honor Dr. Thomas Farley, Philadelphia's Health Commissioner. The forum will also feature exciting speakers—such as Madeline Bell, president and CEO of CHOP; Bruce Lesley, president of First Focus; and Rodney Whitlock, vice president of health policy at ML Strategies—and breakout sessions with panel discussions on some of the most pressing policy issues facing child and adolescent health. Participate in a dialogue with leading experts on the needs of youth with special health needs transitioning to adult care or learn from leaders on innovative solutions to address social determinants within pediatric health systems. Explore these topics and more with prominent local, state and federal experts on children's health, including speakers:

  • Robert Ammerman, Scientific Director of Every Child Succeeds at Cincinnati Children's Hospital,
  • Kevin Bethel, Stoneleigh Fellow and Senior Policy Advisor of Drexel University's Juvenile Justice Research and Reform Lab,
  • Rahil Briggs, National Director of HealthySteps at ZERO TO THREE,
  • Ana Diez Roux, Dean and Distinguished University Professor of Epidemiology at Drexel University's Dornsife School of Public Health,
  • Naomi Goldstein, Stoneleigh Fellow and Director of Drexel University's Juvenile justice Research and Reform Lab,
  • J. Nadine Gracia, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Trust for America's Health,
  • Cynthia Figeuroa, Commissioner of the Philadelphia Department of Human Services,
  • Lily Higgins, Network Medical Director for Keystone First,
  • William Hite, Superintendent of the Philadelphia School District,
  • Andrew Imparato, Executive Director of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities,
  • David Jones, Commissioner of the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services,
  • Kelly Kelleher, Director of the Center for Innovation in Pediatric Practice and Vice President of Health Services Research at Nationwide Children's Hospital,
  • Larry Krasner, Philadelphia's District Attorney,
  • Cindy Mann, Partner at Manatt Health, former Deputy Administrator and Director of the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services at the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services,
  • Cynthia Peacock, Medical Director for Texas Children's Hospital-Baylor College of Medicine's Transition Medicine Clinic and Section Chief for the Center for Transition Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine,
  • Kim Smith-Whitley, Clinical Director of the Division of Hematology and Director of the Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia,
  • Antonio Valdés, Executive Director of Children's Crisis Treatment Center,
  • Sameer Vohra, Chair of the Department of Population Science and Policy and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Medical Humanities and Law at Southern Illinois University's School of Medicine,
  • Vikki Wachino, Principal at Viaduct Consulting, former Deputy Administrator and Director of the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services at the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services,
  • And PolicyLab's outstanding researchers.

Learn more by viewing the agenda.

Network with colleagues during a cocktail reception overlooking Philadelphia’s historic Independence Mall—we want to learn from you about how we can collaborate to improve the health and well-being of our nation’s youth in today’s political climate. Don’t miss out: Register today for this exciting event!