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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. We will explore the role and empowerment of community-engaged research, tactical successes, and programs that affirm, strengthen, and create positive outcomes for African American communities. 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.  

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


Dr. Howard Grant
Fulton Atlanta Community Action Authority


Nancy Flake Johnson
President and CEO
Urban League of Greater Atlanta


Dr. Bisa Lewis
Black Child Development Institute-Atlanta


Jacqueline Mull
Acting Region 4 Administrator
Administration for Children and Families (ACF)


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

Dr. Bevan Baker, Brooklyn Perinatal Network

Dr. Cassandra Bolar, Co-Investigator, NAACFRC

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

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

Breanna Chacere, NAACFRC Emerging Scholar, University of Houston

Desha Elliott, Doctoral Student, Clark Atlanta University 

Amanda Evans,  Hand, Heart + Soul Project.               

Feliciano Lewis, Board Member, Georgia Head Start Association 

Terrance Lewis, NAACFRC Emerging Scholar, Auburn University

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

Dr. Tandeca King Gordon, Associate Director, NAACFRC

Dr. Joyce Hall, Brooklyn Perinatal Network

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

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

Adrienne Jones, NAACFRC Emerging Scholar, Duke University

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

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

Lawrence Wilbon, Business Development Manager, Fathers Incorporated

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

$169 per night, June 7 – 10, 2023
Reservation Cut-Off Date is Monday, May 19, 2023.

-Fairfield Inn & Suites Atlanta Downtown for $169 USD per night
-Discount Valet Parking $30 per day
-48 Hour notice of cancellation or one-night room and tax will apply.

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

Proof of vaccination is required for admittance and should be submitted online prior to arrival. 

It is recommended that your upload is done at least 24 hours prior to arrival.

You will not be permitted to enter the Morehouse School of Medicine Campus if:

  • Test results are dated earlier than three (3) days before you will be onsite
  • Vaccination records do not confirm that you are fully vaccinated.

Please click here for full instructions.


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. The fee for parking is $5 per day.

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

Morehouse’s COVID Protocols

You will not be permitted to enter the Morehouse School of Medicine Campus if:

  • Test results are dated earlier than three (3) days before you will be onsite
  • Vaccination records do not confirm that you are fully vaccinated.

 I. Required Protocols (Both items are required)

  1. Confirmation that you are fully vaccinated is required; the booster is highly recommended.
  2. Submit a COVID-19 PCR test or an antigen test that is not older than 3 days from the date you will come onsite. We will accept your at-home antigen test if your name, date, and time you took the test are included with the image you upload.

 II. Registering My Health and Safety Documents

  1. Users may scan the QR Code below to get started, or you can use this weblink:; it is recommended that your upload is done at least 24 hours before arrival.
  2. If you are using the QR code, you will need to press send when the text message appears; it will then take you to the visitor’s portal to upload your documents.
  3. If you are using the web link, once you enter “Hi” in the message box and click the arrow, it will take you to the visitor’s portal to upload your documents.

III.  Once you arrive:

We ask that you are aware of and observe our safety protocols while you are visiting with us.  Here are some additional reminders regarding MSM’s safety protocols.

  1. Upon your arrival at the Lee Street Gatehouse(436 Lee Street, Atlanta, GA), please identify yourself as a visitor and show the green check mark pass on your cellphone, or you will show the printed pass from your weblink submission.  You must have one of these upon arrival to enter the campus.
  2. After parking, you must register as a visitor by going inside Public Safety; government-issued identification is required.
  3. Mask-wearing is optional if you are fully vaccinated.

If you are sick or have any identified COVID-19 signs or symptoms, we ask that you consider everyone’s safety and remain away from our campus.