Work Supports for Child Health:The Role of Paid Family and Medical Leave

Location: Online or dial-in

Time: 4/26/19, 3:00pm - 4:30pm


April 26, 2019

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm (PT) / 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm (ET)

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Increased attention and efforts to improve birth outcomes for newborns has helped to reduce the number of low birthweight babies and the infant mortality rate in the United States. However, infant mortality rates and instances of babies born with low birth weights in the United States is higher and declining at a slower rate than in other developed countries. Infant and child health also vary widely by race and ethnicity in the United States, with infant mortality rates and low birth weight babies being higher for Black mothers.

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) and the University of California-Berkeley’s Work-Family Supports and Health Research Hub presents Work Supports for Child Health: The Role of Paid Family and Medical Leave.

This webinar will explore the impact that paid leave has on reducing infant mortality and improving child health outcomes. This webinar is the second in a series of three webinars produced in partnership with the Policies for Action—a signature research program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, administered by the Urban Institute—on the impacts of work supports on health outcomes. The first webinar, Work Supports for Reducing Maternal Mortality, launched on Friday, March 29th and explored the important role that paid family and medical leave can play in reducing maternal mortality. View a recording of the first webinar here.

The webinar series will bring together researchers, policymakers, advocates, and other stakeholders to discuss the evidence that work supports, such as paid family and medical leave, can positively affect family health and well-being.



  • Dr. Heidi Hartmann, President and CEO, Institute for Women’s Policy Research


  • Dr. Jennifer Greenfield, Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver
  • Dr. Jessica Milli, Study Director, Institute for Women’s Policy Research
  • Whitney Pesek, Senior Policy Analyst, ZERO TO THREE
  • Wendy Chun-Hoon, Co-Director, Family Values @ Work

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