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An Ascender in Residence’s Reflections on Taking Pause and Re-Igniting One’s Vision


Dr. Wong is a program officer at the foundation where she leads their health program in advancing coverage and access to quality care for children and families and children’s healthy development. She is a 2012 Terrance Keenan Fellow for Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy. As part of my three-month sabbatical from the David and Lucile Packard…

Moving from the Margins to Mainstream


Lessons and Innovations from the 2Gen Field             In the United States, the pediatric setting is the only universally accessed health system for families and a tremendous opportunity to incorporate two-generation strategies.96 percent of families take their children to the pediatrician, often multiple times a year for well check visits before the age of two. From employing literacy-based approaches to co-locating parent and…

The State of 2Gen: February 2016 eNews


                Ascend eNews | February 2016 Forward eNews • Share on Twitter What is the State of 2Gen? Marking five years into its work as the national 2Gen hub, Ascend gathered with leaders from across the country to assess the lessons learned in advancing two-generation practice and policy and the…

Beyond Report Cards


Lessons and Innovations from the 2Gen Field Engaging with school districts can be a notoriously fraught and frustrating proposition. Personality, commitment, trust, and turf issues can all interfere with building a strong and lasting partnership that allows for data, resources, innovative projects, and knowledge to be shared. With a mindful approach toward a mutual vision, a long–term outlook, and a focus on trust, however, two-generation organizations can build working relationships…

Weaving and Charting: Demographic Change in 2016


Lessons and Innovations from the 2Gen Field Despite demographic shifts that have been forming for decades, old narratives continue to linger in the United States about the face of poverty, the danger of change, and the importance of investing in the next generation. New data released in the fall of 2015 from the Census Bureau…

Lessons and Innovations from the 2Gen Field


In the poem “A Brave and Startling Truth,” Maya Angelou talks about the two important parts of what it means to be human: the journey we take and the destination we hope to arrive at. In the two-generation movement, although the destination may still seem far off, the journey has been filled with rapid progress…