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  • Innovation to Incubation

    A bridge to action in health and health care

    Innovation to Incubation (i2I) champions innovative ideas and cultivates pathways to action to augment the work of the NAM and health-related activities within the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Through staff enrichment, strategic support, networking, and targeted communications, i2I aims to increase the Academies’ impact on the future of health and health care.

    Featured Video: Investing in the Health of Young Adults

    Young adulthood—ages approximately 18 to 26—is a critical period of development with long-lasting implications for a person’s economic security, health, and well-being.

    Published in 2014, a report from the Institute of Medicine laid out a set of recommendations for investing in young adults.

    In this video, hear from young adults themselves on how to best invest in their health and well-being.

    For more information, contact Kimber Bogard, Director, at

    • Health Innovators Speaker Series

      i2I hosts a semi-annual Health Innovators Speaker Series to enrich the knowledge of Academies staff. The inaugural speaker is Martin J. Sepulveda, Vice President for Health Industries Research at IBM Corporation.

    • Birth to Age 8 Workforce: Implementation Planning

      This Institute of Medicine (IOM) Report, Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth Through Age 8: A Unifying Foundation, released in 2015, provided a blueprint for action for the early care and education workforce directed to stakeholders at local, state, and national levels. Five state teams will meet over the next six months to discuss the recommendations from the report, develop implementation plans that are tailored to their individual state’s needs, and create a plan to engage their state’s stakeholders. The five state teams include California, Illinois, Virginia, Washington, and a regional team consisting of representatives from the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Northern Virginia.  Sponsors of this project include the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, McCormick Foundation, Washington Area Women’s Foundation’s Early Care and Education Funders Collaborative, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

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    • Health Levers Across the Life Course

      With funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Academy of Medicine and Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education will hold two expert meetings to identify a set of activities to design a longitudinal birth cohort study across the life course. These meetings will draw on The National Children’s Study 2014: An Assessment, which was a joint project of the Committee on National Statistics and the Board on Children, Youth, and Families. In addition to engaging a diverse array of stakeholders from academia, philanthropy, local communities, industry, and government, the meetings will include discussions on how to design a national longitudinal cohort study that is multidisciplinary, focuses on the main drivers of health, engages communities, employs a diverse set of data sources, and includes innovative techniques in data analysis. The discussions will include how to use the findings from such a study to improve and direct resources toward improvements in the drivers of health. The final product will be a set of National Academy of Medicine Perspectives papers, to be completed after the last meeting. The goal is to provide input into, and catalyze action for improvements in the design of future longitudinal birth cohort studies.

    • Timely Permanency for Children

      With funding from the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, experts working in policy, practice, research, and philanthropy settings will convene to discuss data on foster care children including time to permanency and their health and well-being. In addition, key gaps in the research will be discussed and potential policy solutions highlighted to achieve more timely permanence. Potential directions for a consensus study will be discussed.

    • Social Justice and Health Equity

      As a follow up to several sessions at the board meeting of the Board on Children, Youth, and Families, a series of NAM Perspectives papers are in development, addressing social justice and health equity from multiple disciplinary perspectives. The series is planned for release in May 2016.  

      Video: Social Justice and Health Equity across the Life Course, May 2015 Meeting

      May 2015 Meeting Agenda >>