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Brookings Institution Center on Children and Families

Presents policy research focused on the well-being of America's children and their parents, particularly those in less advantaged families; understanding the reasons for poverty or low income, especially among working families; and policies which could improve the prospects and the life chances of these families and children.  Topics addressed by the Center include health care policy, teen pregnancy and child well-being.

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

This site covers health care policy and offers information on dealing with the financial cost of care including.  Issues covered include: Medicare, Medicaid, SCHIP, WIC, data on health insurance coverage, health related tax policies, and private insurance.

Center for Child and Family Policy (Duke University)

The policy issues covered on the Center for Child and Family Policy site include:  early childhood adversity, substance abuse prevention, youth violence, and problem behavior. Contributors to the research are scholars, practitioners, public health professionals and policy makers. 

Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)

This site covers the following main areas in public health relating to child health policy: childbearing and pregnancy; teen pregnancy prevention; and child health insurance.

Chapin Hall Center For Children at The University of Chicago

The focus of the Center for Children is on promoting child welfare and mental health issues. Resources offered include economic programs for children and their families, community resources, development strategies, strategies to prevent maltreatment, and child well-being indicators. 

Child and Family Policy Center

The Child and Family Policy site offers research on policy issues relevant to children and their families. The main focus of the research is on developing a more asset based and comprehensive means to promote the success of children.  The site offer information about child health policy, child welfare and family preservation and community-based services. 

Child Trends Data Bank

On the topic of child health policy and public health, this site addresses:  health status and disability; mental health, drugs, alcohol, and tobacco; healthcare, sexual activity and teen childbearing.


The Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics (Forum) is a collection of 20 federal government agencies involved in research and activities related to children and families. The Forum produces an annual report detailing statistics related to a number of indicators of well-being. Topics include:  health care policy, obesity, childhood vaccination rates, low birth weight, cigarette smoking and drug use, childhood mortality rates, and adolescent births.

Department of Health and Human Services
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) site has a Families & Children section with useful links to other sites, information on specific HHS programs/agencies, links to public health and human service statistics, as well as policy information regarding public health, welfare reform, and medical privacy.  Other topics covered include: safety and wellness, health insurance, Medicaid and child and teen health

Future of Children

The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and the Brookings Institution produce this journal. Two issues are published each year and address topics including: childhood obesity; health insurance for children; unintentional injuries in childhood; health care policy; and child health policy.  All journal issues are archived and available online.

Joint Center for Poverty Research

This site offers research findings and policy information related to the causes of poverty, and the consequences for children and families. A variety of topics, as they relate to poverty and outcomes for children are covered; these include:  poverty and childhood health, poverty and psychosocial adjustment and Medicaid.


NCCP provides information for policymakers regarding issues such as child health policy, public health insurance, children’s mental health issues, and federal assistance programs, as they relate to low-income children and families. Demographics and other data are easily accessed. Visitors to the site may also search by state, by policy, or may view the publications index.

National Adolescent Health Information Center

This site provides information related to adolescent health, including research on adolescent well-being, health care, SCHIP and preventative health services for adolescents.

National Governors Association

NGA’s Center for Best Practices covers the following issues relating to child health policy and public health: school health; maternal and child health; health insurance including SCHIP; suicide prevention; childhood obesity; tobacco prevention and control; and substance abuse and addiction.

National Institute of Health 

NIH is the primary federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research. This site provides useful information for those interested in child and adolescent health, and current research in the medical field.  Topics covered by the site include:  childhood physical and mental health, medical disorders, child well-being and medical treatments

National Research Center for Women and Families

The site covers relating to health care policy and child health policy: disabilities and Social Security; child and teen health; mental health; kids and violence; smoking; drinking and drugs; sports health; and teen nutrition.

Public Agenda

Public Agenda seeks to increase public engagement through unbiased public opinion research. Research studies are presented on the site and may be searched by topic. The political context of different public health issues is discussed. Topics covered include: children and family, child care, education, immigration, poverty and welfare, and Medicare.

RAND Child Policy Project

RAND Child Policy covers research on children’s issues from prenatal to age 18. Users may browse publications by topic. Abstracts, research briefs, and some full-text documents are provided on public health and health care policy. Topics covered include: prenatal care, newborn health, uninsured children, drugs, alcohol, and tobacco.

Urban Institute

The Urban Institute provides of range of information regarding health care policy and child health policy.  Topics covered include: community based health care, disabilities, health insurance including SCHIP, and health statistics.

Zero to Three

The Public Policy Initiatives section under professional sites looks at critical federal issues relating to child health policy and public health with a particular focus on the lives of babies and toddlers including.  Topics covered include:  disabilities; healthy brain development; feeding and nutrition; childhood obesity; childhood asthma; and infant mental health.

Topic Summary: Information regarding health policy as it pertains to children and families can be access through publications and findings found in the sites listed. Sites listed include government and academic institutions that study the development and implementation of health care policy and child health policy. Specific public health topics addressed include: medical insurance, substance abuse and child-well being indicators.

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