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

PAFCAF Director of Policy and Research, Megan Branham, and North Carolina Child Research Director, Whitney Tucker lead a webinar titled “Policy Research: Out of the Classroom and into the State House” on May 7, 2018 through the Doris Duke Fellowship program. The webinar focused on how researchers and advocates build relationships with state-level policymakers in order to support vulnerable children and families. The webinar was presented to fellows from the Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-Being. These fellowships are designed to identify and develop a new generation of leaders interested in and capable of creating practice and policy initiatives that will enhance child development and improve the nation's ability to prevent all forms of child maltreatment.

For information on the Doris Duke Fellowship program, click here. 

This webinar may be downloaded by clicking here. 

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.