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Moving ideas to action through dynamic stakeholder networks

  • Innovation to Incubation

    Inspiring action in health and health care

    Innovation to Incubation (i2I) champions innovative ideas and cultivates pathways to action to increase the NAM’s impact on the future of health and health care. i2I leverages the NAM’s longstanding role as a neutral convener to build productive networks, facilitate cross-sector collaboration, and assemble resources around emerging needs and existing priorities.

    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.

    • Birth to Age 8 Workforce: State Pathways to Implementation

      The 2015 Institute of Medicine report Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth Through Age 8: A Unifying Foundation provided a blueprint for action to advance the early care and education workforce with a set of recommendations directed to stakeholders at local, state, and national levels. To facilitate implementation of the recommendations at the state level, the National Academy of Medicine’s (NAM’s) Innovation to Incubation program launched the B8 State Pathways to Implementation Project. Through this project, the NAM acts as a neutral convener for stakeholders interested in discussing the report’s recommendations and developing independent implementation plans.

      As participants in the B8 State Pathways to Implementation Project, self-assembled state “teams” meet regularly over a period of 9 months to discuss challenges and opportunities for implementing the report’s recommendations in their specific state contexts. Participants learn from each other and from experts in the field to inform the development of tailored state action plans and generate strategies for stakeholder engagement. (Please note: Action plans and/or strategies resulting from this activity are the sole property of the individual participants and will not be published by the NAM. Action plans and/or strategies are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of the participants’ organizations, the NAM, or the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.)

      So far, ten state and regional teams have participated in the B8 State Pathways to Implementation Project: California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York, Virginia, Washington State, and a regional team representing Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Washington, DC. To learn more about this work, download our program logic model.

      For more information about the project, including how your state can participate, contact project director Ivory Clarke at

      The B8 State Pathways to Implementation Project is supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Buffett Early Childhood Institute, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Early Milestones Colorado, the Joyce Foundation, the McCormick Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, the Washington Area Women’s Foundation’s Early Care and Education Funders Collaborative, and the W. K. Kellogg Foundation.

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      Video Overview of Report Recommendations and State Team Work
      The following presentation provides an overview of the recommendations from the Institute of Medicine’s consensus report: Transforming the Worfforce for Children Birth Through Age 8: A Unifying Foundation. This presentation also provides an overview of the National Academy of Medicine’s Innovation to Incubation program and its work with states on implementing recommendations from the Institute of Medicine report.

      Watch the video >>

      Discussion Papers

      Connecting Stakeholders to Bridge the Divide: Upskilling Virginia’s Early Childhood Educators >> 

      A Unified Foundation to Support a Highly Qualified Early Childhood Workforce >>

    • 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 held two expert meetings to identify a set of activities to design a longitudinal birth cohort study across the life course. These meetings drew 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 included 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 included how to use the findings from such a study to improve and direct resources toward improvements in the drivers of health. The final product is a set of National Academy of Medicine Perspectives papers. 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 met to discuss data on foster care children including time to permanency and their health and well-being. In addition, key gaps in the research were discussed and potential policy solutions were highlighted to achieve more timely permanence. Potential directions for a consensus study were discussed. For more information, contact Natacha Blain at

    • 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:

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

      May 2015 Meeting Agenda >>