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Dauphin County 4th Annual Recovery Day

PACT attended the Dauphin County 4th Annual Recovery Day on September 29, 2018.

PACT attended the Dauphin County 4th Annual Recovery Day on September 29, 2018. The event took place between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at the Harrisburg Mall front entrance (Paxton Street). Representatives from each of the PACT projects were in attendance, as well as PACT administrators, in order to share with and inform community members about the community-engaged research taking place through PACT to improve the lives of families in the Harrisburg area.

Arc Family Fun Day/Faith Into Action

Arc Family Fun Day July 14, 2018.

PACT attended the Arc Family Fun Day on July 14, 2018, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Camp Curtin Academy, 2900 N. 6th Street, Harrisburg, PA. The event was free and included pie walks, Bingo, music, food, face painting, pony rides, prizes and lots of fun. The Arc of Dauphin County strives “to enhance quality of life and community integration for individuals with special needs.”

Annual Community Block Party

Annual Community Block Party held June 30, 2018.

Tri County Community Action and the Derry Street United Methodist Church hosted this year’s Annual Community Block Party on June 30th, 2018. The event was held from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. outdoors at 1514 Derry Street, Harrisburg, PA. The party had a DJ, performances for children, children’s activities, and educational information for families. Tri County Community Action is a private, nonprofit, community development agency that creates and connects resources for individuals, families and communities to move from poverty and crisis to self-sufficiency. The annual event provides a good opportunity to highlight PACT.

Restoring Unity in the Community

PACT representatives participate in New Beginnings Youth & Adult Services community event.

On June 23, 2018, PACT participated in the New Beginnings Youth & Adult Services first annual Restoring Unity in the Community event. Scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Sunshine Park/Clarence C. Morrison Park, 901 N. 12th St., Harrisburg, PA, the event was free for the entire family. There were activities, games, prizes, free food and drinks, as well as an expo of businesses and adult services organizations. Noah Spence from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hosted youth football skills and drills. New Beginnings Youth and Adult Services Inc. provides prevention and intervention services, resources, and support to children, youth, and adults so they can remain safely in their homes, schools, and communities.

The 61st PSFCA Big 33 Football Classic Event

PACT representatives attend Superbowl of high school football.

Representatives from PACT were in attendance at the 61st PSFCA Big 33 Football Classic Event held on June 16, 2018, at Landis Field in Harrisburg, PA. Considered the Superbowl of high school football, the event includes all-star players from Pennsylvania and Maryland. This year’s event included a special Fan Experience & Awareness Fest during the pre-game activities, “a family-friendly, hands-on, interactive festival with special emphasis on Human Services for families, featuring educational and prevention services.”

PACT researchers receive named Professorships

Congratulations to Dawn Witherspoon and Koraly Pérez-Edgar on receiving named Professorships.
PACT researchers receive named Professorships

Dr. Dawn Witherspoon

Dawn Witherspoon, Associate Professor of Psychology and Associate Director of PACT, was named a McCourtney Early Career Professor of Psychology. This award honors a promising untenured or recently tenured faculty member in the College of Liberal Arts and includes support for the faculty member’s research and teaching program.

Dr. Witherspoon directed the PACT project Families, Adolescents, and Neighborhoods in Context and co-directed Places/Lugares and P-Plan. She is currently co-directing BRAVE and Talk, Touch, and Listen.

Koraly Pérez-Edgar, Professor of Psychology and PACT researcher, was named McCourtney Professor of Child Studies in recognition of exceptional scholarship and service.

Dr. Pérez-Edgar co-directs the AnT and LAnT projects with Dr. Buss.

Penn State’s Philanthropists of the Year in 2013, Tracy (’65 English) and Ted McCourtney, generously provided the funding for these professorships. The McCourtneys have been leading benefactors to the College of the Liberal Arts for many years.

Click here to read the Penn State News article.

Penn State professor brings research to Harrisburg via PACT

Dr. Douglas Teti is a developmental scientist whose research is focused on family processes as they relate to infant and early child development.
Penn State professor brings research to Harrisburg via PACT

Dr. Douglas M. Teti

Penn State professor Dr. Douglas M. Teti received a five-year, $3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to further his Study of Infants’ Emergent Sleep TrAjectories (SIESTA) research program. This grant will allow Dr. Teti to test the effects of an intervention program designed to help parents work together more effectively as they make the transition to new parenthood, which in turn should benefit their infants' development.  This project expands his work to the Harrisburg area. Through PACT, Dr. Teti has established a Harrisburg research office. The SIESTA research program is a multi-funded, longitudinal study examining infant sleep and parenting practices. To read more about this award, click here.

2017 Big 33 Football Classic Event

PACT representatives were able to attend the 60th Big 33 Football Classic Event.
2017 Big 33 Football Classic Event

Carmen Henry-Harris, Dr. Dawn Witherspoon, and Lorna Lemelle

On June 17, 2017, representatives from PACT attended the 60th Big 33 Football Classic Event at Landis Field in Harrisburg, PA. Known as the Superbowl of high school football, all-star players from Pennsylvania and Maryland participated. The event provided a great opportunity to highlight PACT to a large population of people from both within and outside of Pennsylvania.

2017 Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community

PACT and LHACC participated in the 2017 Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community.
2017 Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community

Meghan McDoniel, Melissa Mesones-Ortiz, Nittany Lion, Emily May, and Saskia Boggs

The 2017 Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community took place on May 20, 2017, at the Harrisburg Area Community College. This is an annual fundraising event that benefits local health and human service agencies. Representatives from four PACT projects were able to attend and shared an informational table with the Latino Hispanic American Community Center (LHACC).

15th Annual South Allison Hill Multicultural Parade & Festival

On May 13, 2017, PACT Co-sponsored the 15th Annual South Allison Hill Multicultural Parade & Festival.

On May 13, 2017, PACT Co-sponsored the 15th Annual South Allison Hill Multicultural Parade & Festival. This annual event, held in the Allison Hill community of Harrisburg, is always very well-attended and offers scheduled entertainment, vendors, a variety of foods, and children’s activities. Several PACT representatives were in attendance, including representatives from five PACT projects.

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