Stoneleigh Board Member and former Fellow David Rubin and Stoneleigh Fellow Meredith Matone reflect on PolicyLab’s 10th anniversary celebration and take a look at the road ahead for Philadelphia and children’s health.
This week, PolicyLab held our first forum, “Charting New Frontiers in Children’s Health Policy and Practice,” to mark our 10th anniversary as a research center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). We were joined by more than 300 friends and colleagues for discussions on emerging issues and innovations in children’s health—neither of us could have imagined such an impressive gathering when PolicyLab first started. As we close the event and prepare for what’s next, we wanted to reflect on our time together in Philadelphia and express gratitude for your partnership on the work that lies ahead.
PolicyLab’s 10th anniversary occurs against a complicated backdrop for children. On one hand, this year we have seen some important and unparalleled health policy successes for children and families at the local, state and national levels. For example, universal pre-k continued to expand in our home city of Philadelphia, legislation passed launching a kinship navigator program to support grandparents and other kin caregivers in Pennsylvania and Congress reauthorized the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for an unprecedented 10 years.