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The California Essentials for Childhood Initiative uses a public health and collective impact approach to align and enhance collaborative efforts to promote safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments for children, youth and families through systems, policy and social norms change.

Research initiative launched on health in working families []


A new research hub based at UC Berkeley’s Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE) and the Institute for Women’s Policy Research in Washington, D.C., will explore the health effects of income and workplace policies.

Its research focus will be minimum wage laws, state and federal tax benefits, paid leave policies, work schedules, and other policies that help working parents, especially the most vulnerable. The effort is supported through Policies for Action, a research program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

William H. Dow, health economist and interim dean at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, will co-direct the hub alongside Heidi Hartman, president of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.

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