Policy Research: Out of the Classroom and into the State House

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Presented by Megan Branham, and Whitney Tucker. This webinar will be recorded and available for download after the event. 

Megan Branham, Director of Policy and Research, PAFCAF

Megan Branham has spent more than a decade in South Carolina serving in various roles at family and children-focused non-profits devoted to improving the lives of children throughout the state.

In her various roles, Branham has helped lead policy initiatives giving more children the opportunity to grow up in safe environments. She has implemented programs to improve maternal and child health and facilitated community efforts to prevent teen pregnancy. Most recently she served as the Director of Policy at Children's Trust of South Carolina.

Branham has a Masters in Social Work from the University of South Carolina and is a Licensed Master Social Worker. She recently completed The Annie E. Casey Foundation's Leadership Institute for State-based Advocates with 13 policy colleagues from across the country.



Whitney Tucker, Research Director, NC Child

Whitney joined NC Child in October 2017. In her role as Research Director, she leads the agency’s child well-being research initiatives and provides actionable analysis of public policies impacting NC children and families.

Prior to joining NC Child, Whitney spent four years working as Policy and Research Associate at Children’s Trust of South Carolina. In that role, she managed the South Carolina KIDS COUNT data program and coordinated the South Carolina Early Childhood Common Agenda, a statewide advocacy coalition promoting data- and equity-informed public policy changes on behalf of children ages 0-5. Preceding her work in South Carolina, she garnered experience within the Detroit Medical Center and as a Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholar in the United States House of Representatives.

Whitney engages in research for academic publication with special interest in advocacy evaluation and policy tools advancing racial and ethnic equity. She holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of South Carolina and a bachelor’s degree in public policy from Vanderbilt University. A native of South Carolina, she now shares a downtown Raleigh apartment with her cat named Seven.

Event Date: 

Monday, 7 May 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm