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CDC-Funded Research Project at KU to Evaluate Initiatives to Reduce Youth Violence in Kansas City Metro Area

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has awarded the University of Kansas a grant to establish one of only five federally funded national centers of excellence on youth violence prevention.

Morning Medical Update: Dr. Jomella Watson-Thompson on ThrYve

Homicide is the leading cause of death for African American youth in the United States. Colleagues with the Center for Community Health and Development in partnership with other academic and community partners are working to change it.

Recent KU graduate and Center staff alum Jennifer Lawlor selected for prestigious national honor

Dr. Jennifer A. Lawlor has been selected to a prestigious program that recognizes 10 young leaders across the country every year. She was named a member of the Ten Outstanding Young Americans (TOYA) Class of 2022. 

CCHD alum and longtime friend Ithar Hassaballa, Boston Congress of Public Health in 40 under 40 Winner, recently featured in the NYC Daily Post.

Congratulations to alum and longtime CCHD friend Ithar Hassaballa, MPH, Ph.D., Boston Congress of Public Health in 40 under 40 Winner, recently featured in the NYC Daily Post.

KU Graduate and Former Center Colleague Chuck Sepers Speaks about Serving as Appleton, Wisconsin's New Health Officer During the Pandemic

When the city council voted in January to hire Chuck Sepers as Appleton's new health officer, the city was experiencing its worst COVID-19 surge yet.

Douglas County Health Equity: Voices from Our Community Report Released

Conversations illuminate residents’ experiences of prejudice and racism, and lived experiences with the social determinants of health.

Center alumna Marvia Jones named director of Kansas City Health Department

We couldn’t be prouder of Dr. Marvia Jones, who is taking the helm as the Director of the KCMO Health Department February 14. 

ThrYve Helping Improve Transit Options for Underserved Youth in Kansas City

"This project is a collaboration between the The University of Kansas, the Kansas City Public Library, KC Digital Drive, Thryve KC, Keystone Innovations and numerous community organizations, such as schools, mobility providers and local governments.

Progress Toward a Multisectoral Community Intervention Approach to Prevention of the Word Gap

Congratulations to Charles R. Greenwood, Judith J. Carta, Alana G.

Drs. Jomella Watson-Thompson, Kaston Anderson-Carpenter, and Richard Rakos' compelling editorial addressing systemic issues that underlie societal well-being

Kudos to Drs. Jomella Watson-Thompson, Kaston Anderson-Carpenter, and Richard Rakos on this compelling editorial paying homage to the history of - and making a case for the criticality of furthering - behavioral community psychology to address systemic issues that underlie societal well-being.

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