Child Poverty, Health, and Well-Being

October 2010, University of Wisconsin–Madison

This conference will convene between 30 and 40 researchers to discuss the following aspects of child health and well-being, considering both emerging findings that might be used to guide policy and areas in need of further research: (1) Overview of health disparities among children, (2) how SES gets ‘under the skin’ (e.g. brain functioning and stress biomarkers), (3) childhood antecedents of adult health, (4) policy impacts on childhood health. The final session of the conference will focus specifically on the National Children’s Study and how it can be used to study child health and poverty. The overall conference will include panelists who will discuss complex interdisciplinary issues from both narrow and broad points of view. The final product from the conference will be a summary report that can be distributed widely.

IRP will host this working conference with financial support from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Conference cosponsors with IRP are the Center for Demography and Ecology, Center for Demography of Health and Aging, Department of Population Health Sciences, Waisman Center, and the Interdisciplinary Training Program in Education Sciences at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, University of Wisconsin–Madison, and Columbia University's Population Research Center. Pamela Herd, Katherine Magnuson, and Barbara Wolfe are the conference organizers.

Pyle Center, Room 226
702 Langdon Street
University of Wisconsin–Madison
Agenda
Introduction and Welcome, Pam Herd and Tim Smeeding, UW–Madison

MONDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2010

What do we know and not know about the causes of health disparities of poor children? How does SES affect children’s health?

2:00-3:00 pm

Panel 1: Overview of Disparities in Health among Children

Jason Fletcher, Yale University
[Presentation]
Nancy Reichman, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
[Presentation]
Whitney Witt, UW–Madison (Moderator/Discussant)    

3:00-4:15 pm

Panel 2a: How SES Gets Under the Skin: Brain Functioning

Seth Pollak, UW–Madison
Margaret Sheridan, Harvard University
[Presentation]
Peter Gianaros, University of Pittsburgh
[Presentation]
Barbara Wolfe, UW–Madison (Moderator/Discussant)

4:15-4:30 pm

Break

4:30-5:30 pm

Panel 2b: How SES Gets Under the Skin: Stress Biomarkers)

Elliot Friedman, UW–Madison
[Presentation]
Edith Chen, University of British Columbia
[Presentation]
Marsha Mailick Seltzer, UW–Madison (Moderator/ Discussant)

7:00 pm

Dinner

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2010

What are the long-term consequences of SES-related health disparities? How can policies improve poor children’s health? What are new directions and opportunities for research related to child health and poverty?

8:00-8:30am

Meeting convenes

8:30-9:45am

Panel 3: Childhood antecedents of Adult Health (SES)/Fetal Origin

Alberto Palloni, UW–Madison
Christopher Coe, UW–Madison
[Presentation]
Rucker Johnson, University of California, Berkeley
[Presentation]
Pamela Herd, UW–Madison (Moderator/ Discussant)

9:45-11:00am

Panel 4: Policy Impacts on Poor Children

Jane Waldfogel, Columbia University
[Presentation]
Bernard Guyer, Johns Hopkins University
[Presentation | The Foundations of Lifelong Health Are Built in Early Childhood]
Thomas DeLeire, UW–Madison
[Presentation]
Katherine Magnuson, UW–Madison (Moderator/ Discussant)

11:00-11:30am

Break

11:30am-12:45pm

Panel 5: National Children’s Study

Greg Duncan, University of California, Irvine
[Presentation]
Maureen Durkin, UW–Madison
[Presentation]
Christina Park, National Children’s Study
Maria Cancian, UW–Madison (Moderator/ Discussant)
[Presentation]

12:45-2:00pm

Lunch (wrap-up discussion)
Closing comments, Barbara Wolfe, UW–Madison