IWPR Receives $1.2 Million Competitive Research Grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Urban Institute to establish new Research and Policy Hub

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research and the Center for Community Resilience at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University has been awarded $1.2 million to establish a new research hub that will explore the root causes of racial, economic, and health disparities and how they might be overcome to advance equitable outcomes for women, families, and communities of color.

IWPR is one of five prestigious institutions to be awarded the competitive grant. Other institutions include the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of California, Berkeley, the New School, and the University of Minnesota.

The research hub will be led by IWPR Research Economist, Martha Susana Jaimes, PhD.

“The Hub will allow us to explore new questions that will have deep and meaningful impact for working women and their families, now and into the future,” said C. Nicole Mason, PhD, President, Institute for Women’s Policy Research.

“We will also have an opportunity to work closely with our partners shape public narratives and policy debates at the federal and state levels on issues such as guaranteed income programs, quality jobs, paid sick and family leave, and the childcare infrastructure,” she said.

“The Center for Community Resilience is proud to partner with IWPR on research that will help propel action and change in communities across the country,” said Wendy Ellis, Director, Center Community Resilience, George Washington University.

“Our place-based research will explore strategies to close the racial wealth gap for black women in Cincinnati, Ohio and will inform what’s possible in other similarly situated cities.”

Policies for Action (P4A) is a signature research program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), administered through the national coordinating center at the Urban Institute. Since 2015, P4A has awarded over $33 million for research identifying policies, laws, and other public and private sector levers that can support RWJF’s vision, working with others, to build a Culture of Health and help achieve health and racial equity.