Weitzman Institute staff attended AcademyHealth’s recent Annual Research Meeting in Washington, DC, to learn about the latest research related to health care and the healthcare system. Senior Health Policy Manager Brandon Azevedo and Project Manager Idiana Velez presented posters during the conference highlighting two Weitzman Institute projects: Addressing the Health and Health-Related Social Needs of Homeless Youth, and Play Promotion for Pediatric Patients: A Feasibility and Pilot Study of Embedding Prescription for Play in Well-Child Visits.
Brandon’s poster focused on our “Addressing the Health and Health-Related Social Needs of Homeless Youth” project. Weitzman staff had the unique opportunity to collaborate with young people who have experienced housing insecurity to examine the web of factors contributing to homelessness in New Britain, CT, through photography and storytelling. Click here to learn more about the project, read the policy brief and story narratives, and listen to the podcast.
Idiana’s poster highlighted our recent study: “Play Promotion for Pediatric Patients: A Feasibility and Pilot Study of Embedding Prescription for Play in Well-Child Visits.” This study aimed to identify the factors that contribute to the successful implementation of a process workflow designed to promote play, and assess the impact of giving caregivers and children a tangible product (e.g., a LEGO® DUPLO® brick kit) that encourages play and reminds them of the brief education they received on play to take home with them. Click here to learn more and read the research brief.