You are here: Home / News

News

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.
Oluwamuyiwa (Winnie) Adebayo and colleagues seek to improve health outcomes and care for sexual and gender minority individuals

Oluwamuyiwa (Winnie) Adebayo, Ph.D.

Research by Winnie Adebayo, a PACT Penn State University Park Researcher, and colleagues was recently featured by Penn State News. View the full article here.

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.
Congratulations to Carmen Henry-Harris, PACT Community Engagement Coordinator and Liaison, for receiving a Penn State Liberal Arts Staff Advisory Committee You Rock! Award!

Carmen Henry-Harris, M.Ed.

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. Congratulations, Carmen! You can view the announcement here.

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.
Dr. Sunhye Bai Awarded Early Career Professorship

Sunhye Bai, Ph.D.

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. This professorship is a three-year, rotating, endowed professorship that is awarded to early-career faculty conducting innovative family science research in Penn State’s College of Health and Human Development.

Dr. Bai’s research broadly focuses on adolescent development in the context of daily family and school life. Her work integrates human development, family studies, and clinical and health research. It relies heavily on naturalistic measures of youth and family functioning, including daily diaries, passive audio/videorecordings, and actigraphy. She hopes to better identify innovative strategies to enhance parent-child interactions and increase family strengths to promote health in adolescents.

Congratulations, Dr. Bai!

Addressing Inequities in Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) recently released a new series of briefs.

The Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) recently released a new series of briefs entitled Addressing inequities in education during the COVID-19 pandemic: How education policy and schools can support historically and currently marginalized children and youth. The series contains five briefs, each two pages in length. For more information and to access the briefs, please click here and scroll down.

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.
SSRI's Insights from Experts features Dr. Rina Das Eiden discussing parental substance use during COVID-19

Rina Das Eiden, Ph.D.

In this post, I will discuss the complex issue of substance use during the COVID-19 pandemic with a specific emphasis on the likely negative impacts on the family unit. I also offer recommendations to help support individuals and families. View the complete article here.

A PACT panel presented, "Maintaining Partnerships to Serve the Community: Increased Importance during Trying Times" as part of a Latino Connection and Penn State Reach webinar series

Discussions centered on the importance of partnerships, particularly among community members, community organizations, and educational institutions, to enhance the lives of diverse children, youth and families.

Discussions centered on the importance of partnerships, particularly among community members, community organizations, and educational institutions, to enhance the lives of diverse children, youth, and families. The panelists provided an overview of PACT and its goals as well as the context in which community organizations are operating and responding to meet the communities’ needs. Also, panelists discussed the importance of community-university partnerships during difficult times, the benefits for community organizations and members in such partnerships, and best practices for community collaboration. The panel discussion ended with opportunities to get involved in research projects as well as information about local resources. To view the presentation, click here.

Laura Bray presented, "Partnering with Schools during the Pandemic to Support your Child's Individual Learning Needs" as part of The Road to New American Health webinar series

Dr. Bray's presentation took place on July 22, 2020, as part of a webinar series powered by Latino Connection and Penn State Reach.
Laura Bray presented, "Partnering with Schools during the Pandemic to Support your Child's Individual Learning Needs" as part of The Road to New American Health webinar series

Laura Bray, Ph.D.

Dr. Bray's presentation took place on July 22, 2020, as part of a webinar series powered by Latino Connection and Penn State Reach. Her presentation included information on strategies and resources for caregivers of children with disabilities. To view the presentation, please click here.

PACT welcomes new Assistant Director

PACT welcomed Eugenia R. Moten as Assistant Director effective July 1, 2020.
PACT welcomes new Assistant Director

Eugenia R. Moten, B.S.

PACT welcomed Eugenia R. Moten as Assistant Director effective July 1, 2020. PACT is a university-community partnership that provides Penn State researchers and community stakeholders an equal voice in crafting, refining, and/or implementing salient and relevant research with an emphasis on enhancing the lives of children, youth, and families of diverse backgrounds in the greater Harrisburg area. The PACT Assistant Director is part of the Administrative Team for PACT, which includes the PACT Director and Associate Directors, Community Engagement Coordinator and Liaison, Latino Outreach Coordinator, and Graduate Administrative Assistant.

Eugenia received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and had a long career of over 30 years working for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. She is a certified Life Coach and the founder and CEO of Teens Let It Out Ministry, a support group for teenagers and young adults. Eugenia is also the founder of SAMM (Single and Married Moms Ministry), which provides a forum for married and single mothers to discuss family issues and concerns. She served as a Family Coach where she provided services to youth aging out of the foster care system and she has experience providing one-on-one mental health therapeutic support services for special needs children. Eugenia is active in the church; she ministers, and she serves on numerous church boards and several faith-based organizations. She volunteers faithfully throughout the community ministering to at-risk youth. Eugenia has been committed to serving the community for over 40 years and specializes in healing of the whole family.

Please join us in welcoming Eugenia!

Rina Das Eiden presented, "COVID-19 and Perinatal Experiences" as part of a Latino Connection & Penn State Reach webinar series

This webinar focused on current knowledge about COVID-19 and pregnancy and the postpartum period.
Rina Das Eiden presented, "COVID-19 and Perinatal Experiences" as part of a Latino Connection & Penn State Reach webinar series

Rina Das Eiden, Ph.D.

This webinar focused on current knowledge about COVID-19 and pregnancy and the postpartum period. The presentation included online resources especially relevant to pregnant/postpartum women that may help address mental and physical health risks. Click here to view the series.

PACT participates in BGH Phoenix Rising Virtual 5K

PACT Community Engagement Coordinator, Carmen Henry-Harris, recently participated in the Black Girl Health (BGH) Phoenix Rising 5K.
PACT participates in BGH Phoenix Rising Virtual 5K

Carmen Henry-Harris, M.Ed.

PACT Community Engagement Coordinator, Carmen Henry-Harris, recently participated in the Black Girl Health (BGH) Phoenix Rising 5K. BGH is dedicated to helping women achieve healthier lifestyles. The purpose of the 5K was “to encourage healthy habits and physical activity while showcasing the resiliency and strength of black women even in the face of a pandemic such as COVID-19.” Click here for more information.

Martha Wadsworth and the CaRES Lab presented, "The 5 C's of Positive Youth Development" July 8th as part of The Road to New American Health webinar series

The Road to New American Health is a webinar series powered by Latino Connection and Penn State Reach.
Martha Wadsworth and the CaRES Lab presented, "The 5 C's of Positive Youth Development" July 8th as part of The Road to New American Health webinar series

Martha Wadsworth, Ph.D.

The Road to New American Health is a webinar series powered by Latino Connection and Penn State Reach. The presentation can be viewed here.

Erika Lunkenheimer presented, "Parenting During a Pandemic" as part of a Latino Connection & Penn State Reach webinar series

The webinar series focused on minority health and wellness.
Erika Lunkenheimer presented, "Parenting During a Pandemic" as part of a Latino Connection & Penn State Reach webinar series

Erika Lunkenheimer, Ph.D.

Latino Connection, in partnership with various organizations, hosted a webinar series with professionals in health and finance to discuss topics and resources for minority health and wellness. Click here to view the series.

Congratulations to Kristin Buss on being named the Tracy Winfree and Ted H. McCourtney Professor in Children, Work, and Families

Kristin Buss, head of the Department of Psychology in the Penn State College of the Liberal Arts, has been named the Tracy Winfree and Ted H. McCourtney Professor in Children, Work, and Families.
Congratulations to Kristin Buss on being named the Tracy Winfree and Ted H. McCourtney Professor in Children, Work, and Families

Kristin Buss, Ph.D.

Kristin Buss, head of the Department of Psychology in the Penn State College of the Liberal Arts, has been named the Tracy Winfree and Ted H. McCourtney Professor in Children, Work, and Families.

“I came to Penn State because it is one of the best places in the world to be a developmental scientist,” said Buss, who, among her other accomplishments, was instrumental in establishing Parents And Children Together (PACT), a university-community partnership and research initiative that works to promote the health and well-being of children, youth and families from diverse backgrounds in the greater Harrisburg area.

View the full article here.

Community Spotlight: Hamilton Health Center

Hamilton Health Center, in Harrisburg, is a one-stop “Medical Mall” for community health.

Hamilton Health Center, in Harrisburg, is a one-stop “Medical Mall” for community health. They provide a range of services including adult and child primary care, OB/GYN, dental, eyecare, mental health, and social services.  Hamilton Health Center’s mission is to improve families’ health through the delivery of high-quality, patient-centered services regardless of families’ health, economic, ethnicity, language, place of origin or insurance status. From humble beginnings in 1969, Hamilton Health Center began as a social justice response to the lack of healthcare access in the community. Since then, Hamilton Health has experienced exponential growth, expanding from a small trailer in front of the St. Augsburg Lutheran church to having its own building with satellite locations in additional counties! Brad Gebhart, Development Director at Hamilton Health Center for six years, attributes a great portion of this growth to the leadership team and staff, especially their CEO Jeannine Peterson, who have used their vision to launch Hamilton to great achievements. Hamilton serves over 30,000 patients annually with over 110,000 visits in 2019. Dedicated staff continue to receive numerous Innovation and Health Care Hero awards showcasing their outstanding commitment to health and community. Additionally, Hamilton continues to establish multiple collaborations to support the community. Hamilton has been a collaborating member of PACT, serving the well-being of children and families, since 2007 and they recently collaborated with Penn State Health and Dr. McGarrity to provide free colonoscopies to the community.

On March 5, 2020, Hamilton celebrated its 50th anniversary with a gala attended by fellow community members and friends where exciting plans were unveiled for a future expansion of services. “We’re a community health center. We want to be responsive to the community and always try to help,” said Mr. Gebhart. In the works, Hamilton will be raising money for a new Women and Children’s center. Additionally, Hamilton will be collaborating with the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank to identify solutions for food insecurity in the community. Together they hope to identify a location to provide free food for families in need, with additional space for a teaching kitchen so the community may learn more about preparing nutritious foods in different settings. Hamilton is also identifying new resources for workforce development, including training opportunities within the Center for new healthcare providers and auxiliary professionals.

We look forward to Hamilton Health Center’s new initiatives and truly thank them for their continuous efforts to support our community’s health and well-being! In turn, the community can support Hamilton and their services by promoting and donating during their fundraising events and by helping to identify additional grant and collaboration opportunities. Find out more about Hamilton Health Center at its website: https://www.hamiltonhealthcenter.com/ .

Return to Top