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Reimagining Black family and child well-being in research, programming, and public policy [Child Trends]

Please join Child Trends on Wednesday, June 15, from 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm EDT for a webinar on reconceptualizing well-being for Black children and their families. Initiatives to support Black children and families too often focus on what’s wrong. We want to shift the national conversation toward a more holistic understanding of Black families and communities that acknowledges their cultural assets. Panelists include research, policy, direct service, and advocate voices who will discuss how common perceptions of Black child and family well-being have influenced policies and programs to date and what an asset-based approach to research, policy, service, and advocacy could look like. Panelists will reflect on their own visions for wellness for Black children and families and on what is required to achieve those visions.

Dr. Mavis Sanders, Child Trends senior research scholar of Black children and families, will moderate a panel discussion between Anthony Smith, executive director of Cities United; Leah Austin, president and CEO of the National Black Child Development Institute; Siobhan Howard Davenport, president & CEO, Crittenton Services of Greater Washington; Zakiya Sankara-Jabar, Racial Justice NOW!; and Terrance Moore, president and CEO of the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs.

This webinar is part of a new Child Trends initiative to build a multi-year applied research agenda on Black children and families. As part of this initiative, Child Trends has prepared a brief that outlines how Black families’ cultural assets can inform policy and practice, along with an upcoming summary of research priorities proposed by community organizations serving Black children and families.

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