Focus Areas: Risks to Adolescent Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Kaitlyn is the Special Assistant for Human Services Policy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE). She provides support and assistance to departmental leadership, analyzes current evidence-based and evidence-informed best practices in youth policies and programs, and has gained first-hand experience in national policy research and development. In addition, she co-manages the National Poverty Center grant, the office’s flagship grant that supports continued research and evaluation on important and emerging social policy ideas focused on the effects of poverty, income dynamics, individual and family functioning, and child well-being.
Within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), the Office of Human Services Policy (HSP) conducts policy research, analysis, evaluation, and coordination on various issues across the Department, including but not limited to, poverty and measurement, vulnerable populations, early childhood education and child welfare, family strengthening, economic support for families, and youth development. HSP serves as a liaison with other agencies on broad economic matters and is the Department’s lead on poverty research and analysis.