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Reviewing Policies for Equity Impact: A Tool to Support Equitable Maternal Health Outcomes


Implementing targeted policies is a powerful strategy for eliminating racial inequities in maternal health outcomes. In this webinar, Dr. Cynthia Osborne, Director of the Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center at The University of Texas at Austin, will discuss newly developed policy review criteria to analyze the impact of policies on equity. Dr. Osborne will demonstrate how the policy review criteria can be applied to Medicaid and how participants can utilize evidence-informed tools to understand the equity impact of proposed and current policies.

The Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center at The University of Texas at Austin LBJ School of Public Affairs translates research on the best public investments into state policy actions that produce results for young children and society. The Prenatal-to-3 team of researchers and nonpartisan policy experts collaborate with policymakers, practitioners, and advocates to navigate the evidence of what works, set priorities, act with confidence, and analyze results for continuous improvement.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the equity criteria for reviewing policy developed by the Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center; and
  • Apply the equity review criteria to a given policy.


Cynthia Osborne, PhD, Director and LBJ School of Public Affairs Associate Dean

Cynthia Osborne is the Founder and Director of the Child and Family Research Partnership (CFRP) and leads its national Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center, home of the Prenatal-to-3 State Policy Roadmap (2020) for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. She is also Associate Dean for Academic Strategies and Director of the Center for Health and Social Policy at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin.

Osborne’s teaching and research interests include social policy, poverty and inequality, family and child wellbeing, and family demography. She has extensive experience leading long-term evaluations of state and national programs, with the aim of helping organizations understand what works, and how to ensure sustainable implementation of effective policies.

Osborne holds a Ph.D. in Demography and Public Affairs from Princeton University, a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and a Master’s of Arts in Education from Claremont Graduate University.

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May 14, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
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