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Featured Research

Here we showcase a sample of current research conducted within and about communities.

Supports that White Mentors and BIPOC Mentees Need

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Marginalized Groups | Tags:
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There is often a mismatch between volunteer mentors’ backgrounds and the diverse youth they serve. Anti-racism training and applying a social justice framework throughout the mentor-mentee relationship may be important to their success.

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Colonial Ideologies are Embedded in Unreturned Cultural Artifacts

Posted in: Anti-Racism, Sense of Community | Tags:
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Cultural heritage is often found in the museums of colonizers. Returning historical artifacts to their rightful, original home is an important step to restoring that cultural heritage. A shift in thinking removes the colonizer’s viewpoint and replaces it with reclamation of indigenous history and pride.

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Intimate Partner Violence in People Who are Non-Cisgender and/or Heterosexual

Posted in: Marginalized Groups, Uncategorized, Violence Prevention | Tags:
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Social stigma puts LGBTQ+ people at a greater risk for IPV. IPV is under-reported in all groups, and this may be particularly true in the LGBTQ+ community. IPV can present differently in the LGBTQ+ community and therefore explicit and inclusive training for behavioral health professionals is needed.

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“At Risk” Framing of Black Youth Can Fuel Anti-Blackness in Research and Practice

Posted in: Anti-Racism, Children, Youth and Families | Tags:
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To counteract the effects of racism, community practitioners and researchers must take intentional steps to address common expectations for Black youth. Emphasizing Black youths and Black communities’ strengths and supporting their agency are essential.

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Physical Space Impacts the Founding of Sexual Assault Cases

Posted in: Criminal Justice, Marginalized Groups | Tags:
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Physical space can affect police decisions in sexual assault cases. Communities with a greater number of Black, Latinx, and Asian residents, as well as wealthier communities, had higher rates of founding, but the effect was geographically uneven. Interventions addressing gender-based violence and systemic biases are needed so lower-resourced individuals or individuals part of minoritized groups […]

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Housing…A Human Right and Path to Well-Being and Empowerment

Posted in: Housing, Poverty and Socioeconomic Status | Tags:
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Shortcomings in public housing should be addressed to promote social participation and well-being. Findings from six different housing sites underline the importance of investing in better building materials, increased maintenance, and community organization to support public housing tenants’ participation.

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What is Active Transportation and Why?

Posted in: Marginalized Groups, Sense of Community | Tags:
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The healthy approach to transportation planning is to pay attention to the intersectionality of our transportation systems and specific desired outcomes: our community health; safety; access; livability, quality of life and quality of neighborhoods; environmental justice; and equity. Learn more about intersectionality and transportation planning!

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Fixes that Fail: Reducing Food Deserts, Poverty, Crime, and Intergenerational Incarceration

Posted in: Criminal Justice, Marginalized Groups, Poverty and Socioeconomic Status | Tags:
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A systems approach is needed to address the context roots underlying urban access to healthy food. The root problem stems back to systemic racism. Creating sustainable community wealth can address food deserts and upstream issues criminal justice.

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Effective Community-Based Parent Training with Low-Income African American and Latino Parents

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Marginalized Groups | Tags:
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Parent training programs designed in partnership with parents can be effective for a culturally and economically diverse population of parents. Parents who attended at least 50% of the CPP intervention reported increased parenting self-efficacy, consistency in discipline, greater expression of warmth toward their children, and fewer child behavioral problems.

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Adapting Evidence-Based Suicide Prevention Practices in Alaskan Native Villages

Posted in: Marginalized Groups, Prevention Science | Tags:
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Transplanting evidence-based practices into new contexts requires extensive thought and consideration as most interventions are not developed with populations at highest risk in mind. Our study highlights the importance of including community members and everyday people in plans to take action for social change.

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