Engaging With Policymakers
PolicyLab works closely with decision-makers to provide research expertise and inform policy efforts on a range of issues impacting families. For example:
- We engaged with the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services on the state’s plan to extend Medicaid in the postpartum period.
- After publishing a policy brief with recommendations on leveraging the pediatric setting to improve access to care for postpartum depression, we engaged with state Medicaid leadership on the necessary payment reform to support this aim.
- Following publication of PolicyLab opinion pieces on the Child Tax Credit, the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity invited Dr. George Dalembert to participate in a virtual roundtable on this benefit’s impact on families.
- Philadelphia City Council invited Drs. Rhonda Boyd and Aditi Vasan to testify at a Special Committee on Gun Violence hearing regarding the intersection of the youth mental health crisis and gun violence. As a result of this session, City Council passed a resolution calling for additional hearings on the topic.