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Applications open November 1-30, 2023. 

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 presented community-engaged research by community leaders and academicians in the areas of economic/social mobility, early care, and early education. It explored 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 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
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Special Guests

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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Program Booklet

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Conference Videos


The Role of Community: Engaged Research in Advancing Equity in Services


Community-Engaged Research in Early Care & Education


Community-Engaged Research in Economic Mobility and Poverty Alleviation


Using Data and Research to Advance Equity and Improve Services for AA


Community-Engaged Research in Fatherhood

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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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