PolicyLab’s David Rubin will be speaking in a panel entitled “Health Disparities to be Addressed Moving Forward” at Bryn Mawr College’s Inaugural Kevin J. Robinson Forum for Social Justice and Public Health on April 11, 2011 from 5:15-7:30pm.
As part of PolicyLab’s James Guevara and Marsha Gerdes’s work with the PA Early Childhood Mental Health Advisory Committee, PolicyLab is excited to support the National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day on May 3, 2011. For more information, go to Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration’s Caring for Every Child’s Mental Health Campaign.
PolicyLab’s Cody Dashiell-Earp and Sarah Zlotnik examine the increased use of psychotropic medication in children in foster care in an article published in the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA)’s Policy & Practice magazine. The article entitled “Psychotropic Medications And Children in Foster Care” highlights the key issues, state initiatives, and research findings related to the use of psychotropic medication and focuses on alternative evidence-based treatments for children with behavioral health issues. This review stems from the discussion at the healthcare portion of the November 2010 Policy Summit, organized by the National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators (NAPCWA), PolicyLab, and the Fostering Connections Resource Center at Child Trends.
CHOP behavioral and developmental pediatric fellow Manuel Jimenez won the Academic Pediatric Association (APA) Young Investigator Award for Child Development and Preventive Care Services for Children, Ages 0-5 for his project entitled “Understanding Barriers to Enrollment in Early Intervention for Urban Families: A Qualitative Study.” His proposal stems from PolicyLab's TEDS project on implementing developmental screening in urban primary care practices and plans to interview families to identify strategies to better connect families to early intervention services.
In an editorial posted by The Philadelphia Inquirer, PolicyLab's David Rubin and Kathleen Noonan highlight the long-lasting impact of the recession on children and the need for bipartisan cooperation in challenging times. The article draws from evidence of a PolicyLab report entitled “The Effect of Recession on Child Well-Being: A Synthesis of the Evidence."