About Us

The California Center for Research on Women and Families (CCRWF), established in November 2000, is a program of the Public Health Institute. Kate Karpilow, Ph.D. serves as Executive Director.

CCRWF is the host of the Women’s Policy Summit, a major policy forum held in California’s State Capital to help launch the legislative session with proposals to advance the health, wealth and power of women and girls. The purpose of the Summit is not only to educate, but also to release action proposals and policy priorities.

For many years, CCRWF hosted the California Working Families Policy Summit and published policy primers to educate policymakers, program providers, and the general public about policy issues in California. CCRWF also directed the CalWORKs/Child Welfare Partnership Project, also known as Linkages, and published the Linkages Planning Guide.