The mission of PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) is to achieve optimal child health and well-being by informing program and policy changes through interdisciplinary research. PolicyLab is a Center of Emphasis within Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute, one of the largest pediatric research institutes in the country.
Founded in 2008, we research, develop and implement evidence-based solutions that are responsive to community needs and relevant to child health policy priorities. We collaborate with practitioners, families and policymakers throughout the research process because we know we cannot achieve improved child health outcomes by ourselves. And since research articles on their own are unlikely to produce change, we have a dedicated team of communications and policy professionals who work with our researchers to translate their work for a broad array of program and policy audiences.
Our resources include:
--- policy analyses and briefs,
--- population needs assessments,
--- program implementation and evaluation, and
--- expert testimony and commentary.
Our work is focused in five areas: adolescent health and well-being, behavioral health, health care coverage, access and quality, health equity and intergenerational family services. The wide array of projects within those portfolios include topics such as immigrant and refugee health, sexual and reproductive health, transgender health outcomes, children’s health insurance, health and technology, family support in pediatric settings and integration of behavioral health services into community settings.
Our work is guided by PolicyLab’s 2019-2022 Strategic Plan, which outlines our vision and goals of conducting high-impact research, increasing our capacity to create meaningful policy change and maintaining strong relationships with our partners.
Walens, Lauren., MA
Role: Strategic Operations and Communications Director, PolicyLab