Center for Child and Family Health Promotion Research Overview

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Our center is nurse-led and interdisciplinary. We develop research in partnership with nursing, public health, public policy, psychology, sociology, other related disciplines and medical professionals. We examine issues in the context of family, community, culture and physical environment. We conduct research with communities to identify health needs. This allows us to design and use interventions that fit specific individuals or communities in the complexity of their actual environments. We take both prevention and promotion perspectives. We build on the strengths of individuals, families and communities to optimize health. The center fosters synergy. With our collective expertise in quantitative and qualitative methods, we create new approaches to complex problems.

About our Center

Our mission

To improve the health of infants, children, adolescents, parents, and families in the context of their communities. Center members develop and disseminate evidence-based interventions and best practices in primary and secondary prevention. 

Our vision

The Center for Child and Family Health Promotion Research (CCFHPR) was created to support the development and dissemination of evidence-based interventions and best practices related to the needs of underserved populations in the context of their communities.

Our areas of excellence

  • They feel energized by the support research programs receive in the collegial think-tank environment of regular center meetings and in genuinely constructive grant and manuscript reviews.
  • They find innovative ideas are stimulated by each other's work and by relationships they build in the community in a recursive cycle of intervention and evaluation.
  • They are encouraged by their ability not only to create but also to sustain health improvement in populations where it is needed the most.

Overarching strategic goals

  • Facilitate high-quality research to enhance health among vulnerable populations
  • Mentor nurse researchers and their research teams
  • Foster scholarly inquiry and collaboration among faculty and students with community and university partners
  • Share research findings with local, state, national and international audiences

If you would like a peer review of a grant or manuscript, please fill out the appropriate form:  

Grant review

Manuscript review

Faculty are also invited to practice an upcoming presentation, present a paper or brainstorm with the group about a project. If interested, please email Jayne Fulkerson or Midori Green.

Our funding

Members have been funded over the past five years from sources such as the National Institutes of Health (NINR, NIMH, NICHD), the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Health and Human Services (HRSA/MCHB) support health promotion research and educational projects led by our faculty. Research areas include:

  • Public health
  • Childbearing and child-rearing families
  • Adolescent health
  • Children with special health care needs
  • Family health