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15th Annual South Allison Hill Multicultural Parade & Festival

Saturday, May 13, 2017, on the 1400 block of Derry Street. Parade at noon!

Please join us Saturday, May 13, 2017, on the 1400 block of Derry Street for the 15th Annual South Allison Hill Multicultural Parade & Festival. There will be food, music, and fun for the whole family with a parade at noon. Co-sponsored by PACT.

PACT Affiliates Give Back at the Harrisburg Hispanic Heritage Festival

Penn State representatives engaged with the Harrisburg community at the Hispanic Heritage Festival Kick-Off Block Party.
PACT Affiliates Give Back at the Harrisburg Hispanic Heritage Festival

Children display PLACES-LUGARES sign at Hispanic Heritage Festival

The Hispanic Heritage Festival kicked off Saturday, September 10th in Harrisburg with a block party organized by the Latino Hispanic American Community Center (LHACC). Vendors from all around the area came out in support, offering child activities, giveaways, and information about their services for community members. Context and Development Lab (CDL) representatives were present to inform the community about the PLACES/LUGARES project (Witherspoon & Bamaca, Co-PIs). CDL offered coloring and crafting for families and had project-related water bottles, hand sanitizers, pens, and whistles as giveaways. The event was well-populated by members of the Harrisburg community and provided a great opportunity to interact with community members. LHACC is a community supporter of PACT.

PACT to Participate in New Research Study

Kristin Buss and Koraly Perez-Edgar to begin multi-site project.
PACT to Participate in New Research Study

Koraly Perez-Edgar, Ph.D.

Penn State Psychology professors Kristin Buss and Koraly Perez-Edgar, and Vanessa LoBue from Rutgers University, received a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health for a comprehensive study examining behavioral inhibition in children, particularly focusing on the period of infancy through toddlerhood. The study will recruit families from three locations: through PACT in Harrisburg, PA; through Families Interested in Research Studies in State College, PA; and through Rutgers University. Click here to read the Penn State News article.

Rick Sayles Featured in the News

PACT CAB member Rick Sayles was recently featured in the news for his work with the community.
Rick Sayles Featured in the News

Rick Sayles, PACT CAB member

Rick Sayles, a PACT Community Advisory Board member, is doing great things in the community to teach youth about healthy foods by teaching them how to garden! Click here to read about the positive impact he is having on the community.

Dr. Lavette Paige Receives Meck Award

Presented by the Alumni/ae Council of the Lancaster Theological Seminary, this award recognizes distinguished service in the practice of pastoral ministry.
Dr. Lavette Paige Receives Meck Award

Dr. Lavette Paige

Dr. Lavette Paige, Founder and CEO of The KING Community Center and adjunct professor of developing leaders at the Lancaster Theological Seminary, was recently presented with the Meck Award. Presented by the Alumni/ae Council of the Lancaster Theological Seminary, this award recognizes distinguished service in the practice of pastoral ministry. Dr. Paige has been a member of the PACT Community Advisory Board since its inception in 2010. Prior to that, she served on the PACT Task Force, which looked at ways to build bridges between University Park researchers and the Harrisburg community. Dr. Paige is one of PACT’s most vocal and supportive community advocates and PACT has greatly benefited from her intelligence and insightful contributions.

Penn State and LHACC provide Video Screening/Family Fun Day

A community event bringing local families and Penn State researchers together.
Penn State and LHACC provide Video Screening/Family Fun Day

Family Fun Day

On Saturday, March 5, 2016, Penn State (Dawn Witherspoon's & Mayra Bamaca's research teams) and LHACC (Latino Hispanic American Community Center of Harrisburg) partnered to provide a Video Screening/Family Fun Day for the community. To thank families who participated in previous projects and to introduce the Penn State teams to other community residents, local families were invited to come and eat, play games, do arts and crafts, and view the Families, Adolescents, and Neighborhoods in Context (FAN-C) findings' videos in a forum where any questions they had about the research were answered. Information about upcoming projects was shared. It was a fun event for all!

Martha Wadsworth Receives NIH Funding to Expand BaSICS Intervention

BaSICS is a program designed to prevent the development of anxiety and depression symptoms in preadolescent children facing chronic stress.
Martha Wadsworth Receives NIH Funding to Expand BaSICS Intervention

Martha Wadsworth, Ph.D.

Martha Wadsworth received a grant from the National Institutes of Health for a prevention program designed to prevent the development of anxiety and depression symptoms in preadolescent children facing chronic stress. This grant was featured by the National Institute of Mental Health as a "notable grant" in their 2016 spring edition of Inside NIMH and was also featured in the May 6, 2016, edition of Penn State News. The funding received will allow her to expand upon her previous work with the community and the Building a Strong Identity and Coping Skills (BaSICS) Program. BaSICS was developed by the Penn State CaRES Lab and will be administered by the College of the Liberal Arts, University Park. 

Innovation Grant Awarded

This project will examine how place and neighborhoods matter for Latino families, with a focus on parental monitoring and youth problem behavior.
Innovation Grant Awarded

Gloria Merrick, Executive Director of LHACC, and Dawn Witherspoon, Ph.D.

Dawn Witherspoon, Mayra Bámaca, and Stephen Matthews were awarded an innovation grant from the National Council on Family Relations to examine how place and neighborhoods matter for Latino families, with a focus on parental monitoring and youth problem behavior. Witherspoon and Bámaca will partner with Gloria Merrick and the Harrisburg Latino Hispanic American Community Center (LHACC) to recruit 100 families. The Places/Lugares project aligns with LHACC's mission to "empower, promote, and advocate" for Latino families in Harrisburg. Merrick says, "Together we have built a well-functioning community university partnership to address an important community need - understanding how culture and place affect Latino parenting and Latino youth's problem behavior". For more information on the new project, please see https://www.ncfr.org/press-room/press-releases/2-projects-receive-ncfr-innovation-grants-2015.

Kristin Buss Receives Raymond Lombra Award for Distinction in the Social Sciences

This award is given to a tenured faculty member in the College of the Liberal Arts who, by his or her outstanding work in the field of social or life sciences, has demonstrated excellence in research and scholarship.
Kristin Buss Receives Raymond Lombra Award for Distinction in the Social Sciences

Kristin Buss, Ph.D.

Kristin Buss, Professor of Psychology, Director of Graduate Training, and Director of PACT and the Harrisburg Center for Healthy Child Development, received the 2016 Raymond Lombra Award for Distinction in the Social Sciences. This award is given to a tenured faculty member in the College of the Liberal Arts who, by his or her outstanding work in the field of social or life sciences, has demonstrated excellence in research and scholarship.

Dr. Buss’s research interests are in emotional development and temperamental variation from birth through early childhood. Her work spans multiple areas of research within social development, psychobiology, and neuroscience. Her current work is focused on the development of risk for adjustment problems, with particular focus on the development of anxiety symptoms for children with fearful temperaments.

The Raymond Lombra Award for Distinction in the Social Sciences was endowed and named for former associate dean for research and graduate studies and professor of economics, Raymond Lombra.

PACT Receives Certificate of Appreciation from LHACC

On July 31, 2014, PACT was recognized with a Certificate of Appreciation by the Latino Hispanic American Community Center (LHACC) for supporting LHACC’s mission to empower...

On July 31, 2014, PACT was recognized with a Certificate of Appreciation by the Latino Hispanic American Community Center (LHACC) for supporting LHACC’s mission to empower, promote, and advocate for the Latino Hispanic American community of the Greater Harrisburg Region.

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