In 2021, IHP led several virtual events that responded to the country’s worsening mental health crisis and focused on addressing the unique challenges and needs of young people during the pandemic.
In August 2021, IHP collaborated with Kaiser Permanente’s Thriving Schools team to host a forum on The Future of Healthy Schools: Providing Supportive Funding, Systems Change, and Community Collaboration. At this forum, our research and education partner, Child Trends, unveiled a new report that maps out how the U.S. federal government currently defines, funds, supports, inhibits, and holds accountable school health programs.
To discuss the report and identify ways to embed health in schools, IHP brought together a panel of high-profile education leaders from across the country, including Holly Hunt, branch chief at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Charlene Russell-Tucker, commissioner of education at Connecticut State Department of Education, and Erin Simon, assistant superintendent of School Support Services at Long Beach Unified School District. Their insightful conversation touched on timely and critical topics like equity, the intersection of education and health in schools, and the renewed focus on mental and social-emotional health.
To spur further conversations and feature prominent voices from within and beyond our organization, IHP published a blog series on a variety of mental health topics relevant to the pandemic.
Connecting Health Policy Thought Leaders
Over the past decade, policy changes have fundamentally altered the health care coverage landscape in this country. Millions of people have gained access to health coverage, yet despite significant progress, millions remain uninsured.
To meet this challenge, the Institute for Health Policy has been convening a distinguished group of health policy leaders over the past two years to exchange ideas on ways to expand health coverage and improve affordability.
IHP connects renowned health policy leaders under Chatham House Rule, creating space for participants to talk freely about approaches that could make health coverage more accessible and affordable for individuals and families across the country. By sharing promising research and policy ideas, these convenings are creating and strengthening connections between health policy experts from across the country and elevating good policy ideas to advance our shared goal of expanding coverage and improving affordability.
In addition to external convenings, we also bring experts into Kaiser Permanente to share knowledge and collaborate with KP leaders on steps that can be taken to lower health care costs and improve affordability.