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Directors’ Message

It is our pleasure to welcome you to the website of the Institute for Child Health Policy. The website is designed to provide you with information regarding our important work, all related to: Science informing policy for healthy youth.

Child, adolescent, and young adult health, particularly among those who face health disparities, is vital to securing a positive future for Florida and the nation. Our goal is to be a catalyst for scientists to work together to advance scientific knowledge that will be used by policymakers to promote and protect child, adolescent, and young adult health. Our research programs include the use of rigorous scientific methods, which are transdisciplinary and innovative. The Institute’s grants and contracts are funded by competitive state, federal, and foundation sources.

Our core strengths include:

  1. development and evaluation of community-wide programs and policies utilizing group-randomized research designs;
  2. multidisciplinary research on health care financing and delivery systems, health care quality, and outcomes of care; and
  3. innovative evaluation research on public programs and policies.

The Institute provides a rich intellectual environment conducive to productive research collaborations and extensive mentoring opportunities for students, faculty, and scientists interested in child and adolescent health research.

The Institute has a long-standing history providing leadership in interpreting and disseminating research results to policymakers and the public. In addition, we actively collaborate with diverse state and federal agencies in research and policy change.

We invite you to explore our website to learn more about who we are and what we do. We welcome you to contact us.


Elizabeth A. Shenkman, Ph.D.
Director, Institute for Child Health Policy
Gurka ICHP
Matthew J. Gurka, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Institute for Child Health Policy
Thompson ICHP
Lindsay Thompson, M.D., M.S.
Assistant Director of Clinical Research, Institute for Child Health Policy