HHS Diversity and Inclusion Committee

School of Health and Human Sciences

The Center for Research on Hispanic Children and Families

Julia-MendezDr. Danielle Crosby and Dr. Heather Helms (Human Development and Family Studies) join Dr. Julie Mendez (Psychology) in UNCG’s collaborative contribution to the National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families.

The Center will serve as a hub, conducting, translating, and providing research-based information across three priority areas – poverty reduction and self-sufficiency, healthy marriage and responsible fatherhood, and early care and education.

The Center will have three primary goals to be addressed across a 5 year period:

  1. advance a cutting-edge research agenda across the three priority areas,
  2. build research capacity; and
  3. implement an innovative communication and dissemination approach.

WorkiDr Danielle Crosbyng with Dr. Mendez on the Steering Committee for the Center, Dr. Crosby is contributing her expertise in the analysis of national data sets to inform child care policy for Hispanic children.

A series of research briefs have been published examining the capacity of large-scale national data sets to measure variables related to child care access, utilization and experiences for low-income Hispanic populations. Please see the  ECE brief series and other Center publications .

Dr. Helms contributed new analyses on Mexican-origin couples and their children in emerging immigrant communities in North Carolina.

Dr Heather HelmsChild Trends (PI) and Abt. Associates (Co-PI) in partnership with several universities including UNCG (Drs. Mendez, Crosby, and Helms), NYU, and UMD will carry out the goals of the Center. The grant is funded by The Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services through 2018.

Interested in spotlighting work within HHS that supports diversity and inclusion in research and scholarship, teaching, advising,  service, programs, student outcomes, community outreach or the workplace please contact Andrea Hunter at hhsdivin@uncg.edu.