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PACT: Parents And Children Together

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What We Do

Through PACT, Penn State researchers increase the cultural sensitivity and impact of their research while improving lives in Harrisburg.

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How We Helped

PACT reaches out to the community through free family workshops and trainings for childcare employees, and in other ways as needed.

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What We've Learned

PACT brings what we’ve learned through research in Harrisburg back to community members, local organizations and our Community Advisory Board. 

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Parents And Children Together (PACT) is a Penn State University Park research initiative. The PACT Initiative works to promote the health and well-being of children, youth, and families from diverse backgrounds through culturally-sensitive and community-engaged research projects implemented by Penn State researchers. PACT is funded through contributions from Penn State's Psychology Department, Social Science Research Institute (SSRI), Child Study Center (CSC), College of Health and Human Development, Human Development and Family Studies, and participating research projects.

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Oluwamuyiwa (Winnie) Adebayo and colleagues seek to improve health outcomes and care for sexual and gender minority individuals
Research by Winnie Adebayo and colleagues featured in Penn State News.
Congratulations to Carmen Henry-Harris, PACT Community Engagement Coordinator and Liaison, for receiving a Penn State Liberal Arts Staff Advisory Committee You Rock! Award!
The You Rock! Award was created as a way to recognize and honor unusual dedication and outstanding contributions by College of the Liberal Arts staff members.
Dr. Sunhye Bai Awarded Early Career Professorship
Congratulations to Dr. Sunhye Bai, Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, on being awarded the Karl R. Fink and Diane Wendle Fink Early Career Professorship for the Study of Families.
Addressing Inequities in Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic
The Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) recently released a new series of briefs.
SSRI's Insights from Experts features Dr. Rina Das Eiden discussing parental substance use during COVID-19
Parental substance abuse is a significant risk factor for adaptive functioning for both parents and children. This may be exacerbated with the stress and anxiety associated with a pandemic – but may also provide an opportunity for change.
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