The Forum for Children's Well-Being aims to inform a forward-looking agenda for building a stronger research and practice base around the development and implementation of programs, practices, and policies to promote all children’s cognitive, affective, and behavioral (CAB) health, including those with disabilities.
Through public workshops, commissioned papers, and other activities, members of the Forum connect with decision makers and practitioners at multiple levels, translating research to practice and informing practice with research.
The Forum is guided by three strategic priorities:
1. Identify opportunities for research in children's
2. Engage and educate policy makers and the
public, including parents, families, researchers,
3. Support the scaling up of effective interventions
Throughout all of our work we promote health equity to address disparities and improve the lives of all children, families, and communities.
Cognitive, affective, and behavioral health disorders incur high psychosocial and economic costs for the young people who experience them, for their families, and for the communities in which they live, study, and play.
The Forum was established in 2013 in response to recommendations from the 2009 NRC/IOM report Preventing Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral (MEB) Disorders Among Young People: Progress and Possibilities
. This report called on the nation to make the prevention of such disorders and the promotion of mental health of young people a high priority.
Specifically, the committee called for a "strategic, national effort to coordinate research, policy, and practice aimed at prevention MEB disorders and promoting health, development
" (p. 378).
NEW FORUM DIRECTOR
Suzanne Le Menestrel, Ph.D., has been named the new Director of the Forum. Le Menestrel is a developmental psychologist with expertise in child and youth development, senior-level leadership, research and program evaluation, partnership building, and developing and leading collaborative initiatives. Her responsibilities at the National Academies have included directing four consensus studies focused on children and adolescents. Suzanne is published in numerous journals, and is an invited member of several advisory groups including a research advisory group for the American Camp Association, a Girl Scouts of the Nation’s Capital STEM Strategy advisory group, and the Cooperative Extension System-Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Initiative National Leadership Steering committee. She received the 2012 Outstanding Leadership and Service to the Extension Evaluation Profession award from the American Evaluation Association. She holds an M.S. and a Ph.D. in human development and family studies from the Pennsylvania State University, a B.S. in psychology from St. Lawrence University, and a nonprofit management executive certificate from Georgetown University.