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Morehouse’s COVID Updated  Protocols

Please Note:

While we fully understand that Covid-19 is still a threat to individuals and the public, we will not require specific Covid-19 prevention measures, this includes vaccination and testing.  Hence all guests are welcome without regard to Covid-19 vaccination status. We are asking unvaccinated attendees to masks. Of course, we encourage those with symptoms or recent contact with someone with a known Covid-19 infection to refrain from attending the event in person and enjoy the conference virtually. 

NAACFRC’s Annual Community-Engaged Research Conference
Co-creating Research to Support Black Resistance and Joy

June 8, 2023 | 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM EDT | Hybrid
Morehouse School of Medicine
Atlanta, GA

The National African American Child and Family Research Center is designed to provide national leadership and excellence in community-engaged research to better serve African American children and families. This conference will highlight community-engaged research by community leaders and academicians in the areas of economic/social mobility, early care, and early education. It will explore the role and empowerment of community-engaged research, tactical successes, and programs that affirm, strengthen, and create positive outcomes for African American children and families’ (joy) often in the presence of unjust circumstances (resistance). While this is a hybrid conference, we truly encourage in-person attendance so that you can participate in the discussions and for ongoing conversation at networking opportunities.  

Registration Closed

Conference Topics

  • The Role of Community-Engaged Research in Advancing Equity
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) Simulator
  • Community-Engaged Research in Early Care & Education
  • CER in Economic Mobility and Poverty Alleviation
  • Black Mothers’ Perspectives of Family Engagement in an Early Childhood Setting
  • Community Pilot Projects Programs Showcase: Community-Engaged Research in Fatherhood
  • NAACFRC Emerging Scholars Showcase
  • Using Data and Research to Advance Equity and Improve Services

Download Full Conference Agenda 

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Special Guests

2023 Annual Conferences

Dr. Howard Grant
Fulton Atlanta Community Action Authority


Nancy Flake Johnson
President and CEO
Urban League of Greater Atlanta

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Dr. Bisa B. Lewis
Black Child Development Institute-Atlanta


Jacqueline Mull
Region 4 Regional Administrator
Administration for Children and Families


John H. Allen, MSW, Family Assistance Program Specialist Office of Family Assistance (OFA), ACF 

Dr. Kim Alleyne, Director of Community Partnerships, Brazelton Touchpoints Center (BTC)

Dr. Bevan Baker, Brooklyn Perinatal Network

Dr. Cassandra Bolar, Co-Investigator, NAACFRC

Kenneth Braswell Sr., Chief Executive Officer, Fathers Incorporated

Amanda Brown, Research Director, Children’s Home & Aid

Dr. Alex Camardelle, Co-Investigator, TANF/Economic Mobility, NAACFRC

Breanna Chacere, NAACFRC Emerging Scholar, University of Houston

Amanda Coleman, Ph.D., MA, Deputy Division Director, Division of Children and Family Development Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation Administration for Children and Families (ACF) U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Jennifer R. Daniels, Ph.D., MSW, National Poverty Fellow, Institute for Research on Poverty, Administration for Children and Families (ACF)

Larry (Leo) Davis, Navigator Case Manager – Thriving Fathers & Families Adjunct Professor (Social Work) Bridgepoint (Formerly – Children’s Home & Aid)

Desha Elliott, Doctoral Student, Clark Atlanta University 

Amanda Evans,  Hand, Heart + Soul Project.     

Dr. Joyce Hall, Brooklyn Perinatal Network

Sterling Johnson, Just Opportunity Portfolio Director, Partnership for Southern Equity Operations, Grady Health System

Adrienne Jones, NAACFRC Emerging Scholar, Duke University

Dr. Tandeca King Gordon, Associate Director, NAACFRC

Feliciano Lewis, Board Member, Georgia Head Start Association 

Terrance Lewis, NAACFRC Emerging Scholar, Auburn University

Y. Denise Mahan, CEO, and Founder, Inspired Solutions and Director of Practice

Dr. Robert Mayberry, Co-Lead, Capacity-Building, NAACFRC

Danette McLaurin-Glass, President, Center for Family and Community Wellness and First Team America

Gabrielle Newell, MSc, Senior Social Science Research Analyst Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE)

Renee Peterkin, Deputy Director, Georgia Resilience & Opportunity Fund

Aaron Quick, In Her Hands Guaranteed Income Program

Jeffrey Shears, Co-chair, Moynihan Institute, Fathers Incorporated

Dr. Nina Smith, Co-Investigator, NAACFRC

Simone Smith, Doctoral Student, Clark Atlanta University

Ashley Strickland, Little One’s Learning Center

Dr. Rodney Washington, Co-Investigator, Early Care and Education, NAACFRC

All general and breakout sessions will be experienced
in-person and also broadcasted live through zoom.

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Are you traveling to Atlanta for NAACFRC’s Annual Community-Engaged Research Conference?
Here is what you need to know.

Conference Hotel

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Atlanta Downtown
54 Peachtree Street SW
Atlanta, GA 30303

Conference Room Block is Closed.

Onsite Entry

For those using GPS navigation, the following address will bring you directly to our Morehouse School of Medicine entrance:

The Lee Street Gate
436 Lee Street, Atlanta, GA  30310


Please enter the campus through the Lee Street Gate. Once the guard has accepted your covid certification, they will direct you to available parking in the parking garage. After parking your car, please return to the first floor and go to the Public Safety building to receive a visitor’s badge. There is no fee for parking.

Conference Location
NAACFRC’s Annual Community-Engaged Research Conference
National Center for Primary Care (NCPC Bldg. A)
Morehouse School of Medicine
Atlanta, GA  30310

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National African American Child and Family Research Center

720 Westview Drive SW 
Atlanta, Georgia 30310
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This project is supported by the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE), Administration for Children and Families (ACF) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award (Grant #: 90PH0031-01-00) totaling $1.8 million with 100 percent funded by ACF/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by ACF/HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit the ACF website, Administrative and National Policy Requirements.

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