Using the Two-Generation Approach to Promote Health and Family Well-Being

The NGA Economic Opportunity, Health and Education Divisions hosted a joint webinar to share how state leaders can apply a two-generation (2Gen) approach to facilitate positive systems change. The 2Gen approach is a framework used to determine the best strategies for creating meaningful opportunity and addressing the needs of children and their caregivers simultaneously. When applied to systems, policies and programs, the approach can promote the total health and well-being of the whole family. During the webinar, state leaders from the Parents and Children Thriving Together: Two-Generation State Policy Network (PACTT Network) shared how they used a 2Gen approach to reshape child- and adult-focused services in health, social services, child care and postsecondary education.

Note: Audio begins at 9:10.


  • Kandis Driscoll, Senior Policy Analyst, NGA Economic Opportunity


  • Alexandra Cawthorne Gaines, Program Director for Human Services, NGA Economic Opportunity
  • Laura Wagner, Community Outreach & Partnership Director, Bright From the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning
  • Tara Smith, State Two-Generation Coordinator, Office of Governor Jared Polis

Download the webinar materials here.