Get to Know: The Pew Charitable Trusts

Kelly Adams, Senior Associate, Government Relations, Pew Center on the States

The Pew Charitable Trusts is an independent nonprofit organization that is the sole beneficiary of seven individual trusts established between 1948 and 1979 by two sons and two daughters of Sun Oil Co. founder Joseph N. Pew and his wife, Mary Anderson Pew.

The organization’s early priorities included cancer research, the Red Cross, and a pioneering project to assist historically black colleges. As the country and the world have evolved, Pew has remained dedicated to our founders’ emphasis on innovation.

Today, Pew is a global research and public policy organization, still operated as an independent, nonpartisan, nongovernmental entity that is dedicated to serving the public. Informed by the founders’ interest in research, practical knowledge, and a robust democracy, our portfolio has grown over time to include public opinion research; arts and culture; and environmental, health, state, and consumer policy initiatives.

These projects encourage efficient, responsive governments—at the local, state, national, and international levels—that serve the best interests of the people.

Here is more information about our state, health, and consumer protection initiatives that may be of particular interest to attorneys general:

The drug safety project works to ensure a safe, reliable pharmaceutical manufacturing and distribution system. The drug supply chain has become increasingly complex in recent years. Today’s prescription and over-the-counter remedies originate in factories all over the world, moving into American homes through supply chains that can involve numerous processing plants, manufacturers, brokers, packagers, and distributors.

The immigration and the states project examines the intersection of federal, state, and local immigration laws and policies and their potential impact on all levels of government. The project looks specifically at the state role in implementing federal policies, state activity in immigration policy, and the fiscal and economic impacts.

The medical device initiative seeks to improve the tracking of medical device safety and to foster innovation that benefits patients through streamlined approvals for devices.

The Pew prescription project works to advance policies to reduce and manage conflicts of interest related to financial relationships between prescribers and the drug and medical-device industries through federal policy and change at academic medical centers.

The prescription drug abuse project seeks to reduce opioid overdoses and deaths through strengthening management tools in Medicare and Medicaid; improvements to state prescription drug monitoring programs; and reductions in first-line use of methadone by Medicaid patients for pain control.

The public safety performance project works with states to advance data-driven, fiscally-sound policies and practices in the criminal and juvenile justice systems that protect public safety, hold offenders accountable, and control corrections costs. Its latest publication features a Q&A with four state Supreme Court justices about the important role the judiciary plays in shaping criminal justice policy.

The safe small-dollar loans research project focuses on small-dollar credit products such as payday and automobile title loans, as well as emerging alternatives. The project works to find safe and transparent solutions to meet consumers’ immediate financial needs.

How can Pew help attorneys general?

Pew’s expert nonpartisan staff can share our research, provide technical assistance, and promote the “best practices” approach to public policy on these subjects and others through presentations at NAAG meetings or in direct interaction with state officials and staff.

For more information, click www.pewtrusts.org or contact Kelly Adams, senior associate, government relations at kadams@pewtrusts.org.

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