Improving Child Well-Being Forum

Annie E. Casey Foundation, Ash Center, & Wiener Center Sponsor Policy Impact Forum Convening City Policymakers

Cambridge, Mass., – July 29, 2010 – The policy impact forum “Improving Child Well-Being: What Cities Can Do” will be held on Thursday, August 5 at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. This half-day forum will examine innovations in child well-being policies and emphasize increasing and improving municipal responses to the needs of young children and their families. This forum will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. ET on the fifth floor of the Taubman Building, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge.

“Faced with unemployment, failing schools, and deteriorating neighborhoods, our nation’s families are struggling to stay afloat and get the social services they need,” said Anthony Saich, director of the Ash Center. “In convening this forum, we hope to highlight effective and efficient social service delivery models that can be adopted across the country.”

The event will be made up of three interactive panel discussions moderated by Julie Wilson, the Harry Kahn Senior Lecturer in Social Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and director of the Malcom Wiener Center for Social Policy. Discussions will address successful and innovative models for keeping kids in the home instead of foster care and juvenile delinquency facilities; creative solutions for encouraging youth to be involved in decision making and civic opportunities; and examples of consolidating and improving synergies across treatment agencies.

The schedule of panel discussions is as follows:
1:00 p.m. Welcome and Remarks
Julie Wilson, Director, Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy

1:15 p.m. Neighborhood-based Strategies for Strengthening Families

  • Cassandra Miller, Louisville Metro Department of Housing and Family Services – Louisville, KY
  • Roberta Lipsman, Community Partnerships for Protecting Children – Portland, ME
  • Brent Schondelmeyer, Local Investment Commission – Kansas City, MO

2:30 p.m. Creating a Community of Engaged Youth

  • Penthea Burns, Cutler Institute of Health & Social Policy, University of Southern Maine – Portland, ME
  • Michael Bock, Hampton Planning Department – Hampton, VA
  • Martina Hawkins, Choctaw Nation Healthy Lifestyles – Choctaw Nation, OK

3:45 p.m. Innovative Ways for Communities Facing Budget Challenges to Support Children and Families

  • Bruce Kamradt, Wraparound Milwaukee – Milwaukee County, WI
  • Stephen Goldsmith, Office of Mayor Bloomberg – New York, NY
  • Marcia Calicchia, Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution, Cornell University – Ithaca, NY

This forum is organized by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation and the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy with sponsorship from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

To attend, please RSVP to

For more information, please contact
Kate Hoagland
Ash Center

The Annie E. Casey Foundation
The Annie E. Casey Foundation is a private charitable organization, whose primary mission is to foster public policies, human-service reforms, and community supports that more effectively meet the needs of today’s vulnerable children and families.

Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation
The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation advances excellence in governance and strengthens democratic institutions worldwide. The Center fosters creative and effective government problem solving and serves as a catalyst for addressing many of the most pressing needs of the world’s citizens.

Malcom Wiener Center for Social Policy
The Malcom Wiener Center for Social Policy draws on the worlds of scholarship, policy and practice to address public policy questions about: health policy, human services, criminal justice, inequality, education, poverty, immigration, and labor.

Maine Child Welfare Reform

Child Welfare Reform of Maine, a 2009 Innovations in American Government finalist and one of the forum's panelists