Ashley Simons-Rudolph

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Improving Mental Health in Rural Youth

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Coalition Building, Mental Health | Tags:
This project and study incorporate community members and students into a decision-making process to guide community-level mental health interventions for youth. The CBPR method encourages agency and decision-making power. Community involvement may lead to greater community connectedness.

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What Does Blackness Mean in Puerto Rico? Opening a Dialogue to Embrace Our Heritage

Posted in: Anti-Racism | Tags:
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Puerto Ricans can be challenged with their African ancestry. Researchers wrestled with memories of childhood, oral traditions of ancestry, historical evidence, and live observations towards Blackness on the island. Narrative evidence contributes to the challenges of unlearning anti-Blackness in the lands that have thrived because of the Transatlantic slave trade.

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An Open-Access Textbook for Students, Teachers, Community-Based Organizations, Researchers, and Others

Posted in: History of Community Psychology | Tags:
A free e-Textbook providing examples of Community Psychology practice. Case studies highlight transformational work happening in communities globally. Students say, “The book is helpful in moving theory to practice.”

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Collective Attempts to Break from White Body Supremacy

Posted in: Anti-Racism
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White bodied peoples can challenge racist status quos through culture-building and anti-racist curiosity. Relational and group work is necessary to build individual and group resiliency. Professionals attempting to do anti-racist community development must be willing to reflect on the ways in which they are responsible for anti-racist work.

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Digital storytelling process starts with telling a story, getting feedback, and then re-telling the story in a more empowered way.

Re-Writing Our Stories through Digital Storytelling

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Education | Tags:
Community digital storytelling is a form of action research that can effectively communicate different perspectives. We created a model for interventions that combine digital storytelling, narrative inquiry, and facilitated peer-to-peer work to create a space for collective empowerment.

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Bystanders Respond to Microaggressions to Develop Welcoming and Inclusive Workplaces

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Repeated exposure to micro-aggressions can have a negative impact on psychological and physical health. Expanding collective organizational capacity to address bias in respectful ways (by promoting active bystanders) has been shown to have an empowering impact and to foster more equitable workplaces.

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How do we get real about evaluation for racial equity? 

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The W.K. Kellogg Foundation and led by Community Science provides three easy-to-use resources help evaluators integrate racial equity principles into their daily work.

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Casey’s General Store and the Nutrition of Rural Illinois

Posted in: Rural Communities
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Rural areas can be both food deserts and food swamps, A deficiency in the number of food resources (e.g., grocery stores) and saturation of unhealthy food options (e.g., fast-food restaurants and convenience stores) has led to an increase in obesity rates in rural communities. People who have less access to convenience stores have been shown […]

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Don’t Throw It Away – Give It Away: Recycling Electronic Tech to Underserved Communities

Posted in: Blog, Poverty and Socioeconomic Status | Tags:
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Increasing technology access for all is a crucial issue affecting vulnerable populations. Specific interventions focused on increasing access to knowledge about technology, technological skills and development, and technological infrastructure are important for creating a more socially just world and workforce.

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Militarism is a Form of Slavery: Community Psychologists take Notice

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Psychologists must choose peace over militarism. Militarism wastes funds that should go to public health and puts the world in danger. Psychologists must prioritize addressing racism and discrimination across the world and in their own work settings, organizations and structures.

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