For the past 13 years, PolicyLab has been steadfast in working toward its mission to achieve optimal child health and well-being by informing program and policy changes through interdisciplinary research. Knowing collaboration is essential to attaining improved child health outcomes, we partnered with AcademyHealth to host a forum under the theme, “Bridging New Partnerships, Creating Change,” which convened leaders in children’s health for a local and national look at how we can bridge research, policy, and practice to address the most pressing issues facing youth and their families.
PolicyLab Forum 2022 was held in person May 9-10, 2022, at the world-renowned Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. We were joined by nearly 250 attendees, representing policymakers, program developers, child health advocates, researchers, public health professionals, providers and education leaders who came from 16 states and Washington, D.C.
Throughout the day and a half, we heard from panels of experts who specialize in important and timely children’s health topics such as the youth behavioral health crisis, caregiver well-being, addressing social needs in pediatric settings, underinsurance among children and families, services to support immigrant family health, and more. These presentations led to in-depth conversations centered around how we can collaborate to propel forward innovative solutions that improve child and family health.
The forum also included meaningful networking opportunities, such as an evening reception during which PolicyLab awarded “Outstanding Youth Awards” to three inspiring youth making a difference in our community and a “Bridging New Partners Showcase,” through which we highlighted the work of community-focused programs and projects that attendees have been engaged in.
Get a more in-depth look into PolicyLab Forum 2022 by reading our event wrap-up blog post and by viewing our recap video below.
We’d like to sincerely thank all of our incredible supporters of PolicyLab Forum 2022!