A curated collection of timely and topical policy alerts that shine a light on issues related to child well-being, healthy youth development, family welfare and racial equity.

Response to the Uvalde School Shooting

Response to the Uvalde School Shooting

Dear Friends, Today is a particularly difficult day. I know I am not alone in my heartbreak and grief over the loss of the 19 children and 2 teachers killed in Uvalde, Texas. Furthermore, the trauma of the shooting inflicted on the survivors and the families of the victims has only just begun. For children […]
Saffiyah Poole Joins CFPI

Saffiyah Poole Joins CFPI

A Letter from Our New Assistant Director Dear Friends,   I am incredibly honored to step into the role of associate director at the Clark-Fox Policy Institute. It is a full circle moment realized — merging my passion and dedication for community engagement and social justice to elevate the most pressing concerns of the people, […]
Graduate Policy Scholars Program Welcomes Allison Gibbs

Graduate Policy Scholars Program Welcomes Allison Gibbs

A Discussion on “Building Political Infrastructure in STL + ESTL— For Us, By Us” (March 2022) The Clark-Fox Policy Institute’s Graduate Policy Scholars program is in its fifth year.  This program provides students the ability to supplement their  course work with experiential opportunities to engage in policy practice and to meet with and learn from leading […]
Advocacy & Allyship: Towards a More Racially Just St. Louis

Advocacy & Allyship: Towards a More Racially Just St. Louis

(March 2022) As part of the Brown School’s Black History Month celebration, the Clark-Fox Policy Institute co-hosted “Advocacy & Allyship: Towards a More Racially Just St. Louis”.  Over 240 viewers from across the region joined some of the most respected local Black leaders to discuss the gains made, the challenges that remain, and ways in which everyone can contribute to the movement […]
Washington People: Sheretta Butler-Barnes | The Source | Washington University in St. Louis

Washington People: Sheretta Butler-Barnes | The Source | Washington University in St. Louis

Sheretta Butler Barnes, assistant professor in the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, focuses her research on structural racism and inequalities in education. In this video, she talks about her motivation and her work, including a program to encourage girls of color in STEM subjects. Source: Washington People: Sheretta Butler-Barnes | The Source […]
1 in 3 Children Investigated for Abuse/Neglect by 18

1 in 3 Children Investigated for Abuse/Neglect by 18

December 20, 2016 The first academic study to estimate the cumulative lifetime risk of a child maltreatment investigation, completed by researchers at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, reveals that 37 percent of U.S. children prior to their 18th birthday are the subject of an investigated child neglect and abuse report — […]
Protect emotional well-being of young people

Protect emotional well-being of young people

December 15, 2016 St. Louis Post Dispatch – Opinion According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, there have been over 800 incidents of hateful harassment since the election. Young people are vulnerable to the contentiousness that continues, particularly youth of color. Source: http://www.stltoday.com/opinion/columnists/protect-emotional-well-being-of-young-people/article_1b5205de-1547-590b-af84-e1ec884a4398.html
Supporting the Young, Gifted and at Risk

Supporting the Young, Gifted and at Risk

December 5, 2016 Researchers, practitioners, community members and students from across the United States convened at the Brown School, Nov. 11, to share information and discuss the challenges to the mental health and emotional well-being of college students of color. Source: http://www.stevefund.org/ygar-2016/
Science, Empirical Data Must Guide Future Health Care Policy Decisions

Science, Empirical Data Must Guide Future Health Care Policy Decisions

November 10, 2016 “Countless studies have demonstrated that the lack of proper health care correlates to reduced life expectancy and increased health disparities,” McKay said. “It is our duty as social workers and public health professionals to advocate for the use of science and empirical data to guide future policy initiatives and legislation to improve […]
Public Health and Social Work in the Political Process

Public Health and Social Work in the Political Process

October 28, 2016 Sarah Moreland-Russell, Clark Fox Policy Institute Senior Scholar, recounts her experience as the American Health Association’s Public Health Fellow in Government in Washington, D.C. As a congressional staffer for Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York), Moreland-Russell had a chance-of-a-lifetime opportunity to work directly on federal policymaking. Source: https://publichealth.wustl.edu/public-health-social-work-political-process/
Home Delinquency Rates are Lower Among Households in the Affordable Care Act Marketplace

Home Delinquency Rates are Lower Among Households in the Affordable Care Act Marketplace

January 12, 2017 A new study, “Home Delinquency Rates Are Lower Among ACA Marketplace Households: Evidence from a Natural Experiment,” published through the Brown School’s Center for Social Development, shows that families who get health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are  more likely to make their rent and mortgage payments than are those […]
Brown School statement on immigration executive order

Brown School statement on immigration executive order

January 30, 2017 Brown School Dean Mary McKay issues statement on the impact of the immigration executive order and reiterates the School’s commitment for advancing equity and social change. Source: https://brownschool.wustl.edu/News/Pages/Brown-School-Statement-on-Immigration-Executive-Order.aspx