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Integrating Racial/Ethnic Equity into Policy Assessments to Improve Child Health researchers published “Integrating Racial/Ethnic Equity into Policy Assessments to Improve Child Health” in the December 2014 Theme Issue of Health Affairs on Child Health. The article presents a new framework to systematically assess policy effectiveness for reducing racial/ethnic inequities in child health and development. Policy Research Director of Dr. Pamela Joshi and coauthors developed this framework, which integrates rigorous equity analysis methods into a traditional policy assessment approach. 

The article applies this framework to three important programs/policies that affect child health and development: Head Start, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program. The results show that relatively few families are served by these programs compared to those who are eligible, and access is inequitable by race/ethnicity...Read the rest of the press release 

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