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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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PACT continues commitment despite global pandemic
Parents and Children Together (PACT) was formed in 2007 as a partnership between Penn State researchers and people who live in the greater Harrisburg community.
Winnie Adebayo and team research COVID-19 public messaging
As the development of the novel coronavirus pandemic continues, so does the public health messaging that is relayed to people around the world.
Winnie Adebayo and Samantha Tornello join interdisciplinary teams of researchers to address the COVID-19 crisis
With speed and ingenuity, more than 100 researchers across Penn State are shifting their research programs to address the COVID-19 crisis, thanks to funding from a seed grant initiative led by the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences.
Hamilton Health Center's Golden Gala
PACT representatives were in attendance as Hamilton Health Center celebrated its 50th Anniversary with a Golden Gala on March 5, 2020.
Winnie Adebayo awarded planning grant to support researcher-community collaboration
Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute's Community-Engaged Research Core awarded three planning grants to faculty and community-based organization teams.
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