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Children, Youth & Family Consortium (CYFC) conducts its own, and partners with, a variety of programs, focused primarily on the integration of research, practice and policy. Centered around five guiding principles, our work is set in the context of multidisciplinary networks and community-university collaborations. CYFC also participates in work on the University of Minnesota campus and nationally to create cultural shifts and systems change on university campuses that promote public engagement and the development, support, and recognition of faculty, staff, students and community partners who conduct their research, teaching, programmatic and policy endeavors through respectful collaboration.

Center for Neurobehavioral Development (CNBD) UConnects — CYFC coordinates a partnership between the University of Minnesota’s Center for Neurobehavioral Development (CNBD) and the Southwest Research and Outreach Center in Lamberton, Minnesota to bring practice-relevant research-based information about child development to practitioners in Southwest Minnesota. Twice per year, CNBD faculty and other University faculty and staff provide a one day training for professionals in southwest Minnesota. Past topics have included autism, Fetal Alcohol Effect, and the impact of nutrition on learning and behavior. The trainings include basic science information in accessible and digestible form and applied information about implications for professional practice with children. This partnership infuses research into practice. — This website provides a mechanism for rigorous peer review and online publication of scholarly products that are in forms other than journal articles resulting from service-learning, community-based participatory research, and other community-academic partnership work related to health. This service will increase the likelihood that products developed in collaborations between academics and communities will "count" in the promotion and tenure process and have greater impact in communities. CYFC Director, Cathy Jordan, is the editor of

Child Welfare and Education Learning Community (CWELC) — This WT Grant Foundation funded project is addressing the intersection of child welfare and education systems across three states, Minnesota, Illinois, and North Carolina.

Children's Mental Health Case Studies — These online, interactive tools encourage Practitioners, instructors, graduate students, and community partners to collaborate together and explore how to respond effectively to children’s mental health needs.

Children’s Mental Health eReview — Online publication that promotes use of research in practice and policy in order to promote children’s mental health.

Children’s Mental Health Research to Practice Series — CYFC co-sponsors this series with Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health (MACMH) at the annual Child & Adolescent Mental Health Conference.

Cultural Providers Network — A coalition of providers for children and families of color, institutions of higher learning and Minnesota policy professionals interested in bridging research with practice and policy.

CYFC Scholars — CYFC engages a small cohort of faculty, research staff and graduate students for four years, providing financial support, technical assistance, promotional and dissemination services, and professional development. The program strives to generate research related to the intersection of education and health disparities and enhance the capacity of faculty to conduct community-engaged research.

Lessons from the Field — A theme-based educational seminar series that engages and informs practitioners and researchers who work in children’s mental health-related fields.

Maxfield Center for Culture, Families, and Learning Asthma Project — Collaborative projects utilizing African American culture as a resource for enhancing the educational and health outcomes of Saint Paul’s Maxfield Elementary students. In this program, the homes of students with asthma are assessed by the Sustainable Resources Center for asthma triggers and risk mediation. Families receive asthma trigger reduction education and asthma symptom management education. The children also receive asthma symptom management education. Families are further supported in their efforts to prevent asthma symptoms through a kinship network approach conducted by the Cultural Wellness Center.

Minnesota Center for Cancer Collaborations — CYFC directs the training core of this large center grant, with the goal of enhancing the capacity of academic researchers and community members to conduct mutually beneficial community-engaged research to address cancer and other health disparities.

Minnesota Children & Nature Connection — This alliance of multidisciplinary professionals who aim to increase awareness of the developmental, social, emotional and health benefits of connecting children and families to nature. This is an alliance of multidisciplinary professionals who aim to increase awareness of the developmental, social, emotional and health benefits of connecting children and families to nature. These benefits are described in a research brief (22 MB PDF) available for all to use. CNC hosts a bimonthly brown-bag seminar to explore topics related to the benefits of and best practices in connecting children to nature. Read a summary (269 K PDF) of the March 2014 Event: Nature's Connection to Mental Health presented by CYFC's Judy Myers.

National University-Based Child & Family Policy Consortium (CYFP) — CYFC is a member of the National University-Based Child & Family Policy Consortium (CFPC). CFPC fosters national scientific collaboration around child and family policy issues, cross-disciplinary undergraduate and graduate training and effective translation between research, practice, and policy issues.

CYFC is leading a WT Grant funded effort with colleagues in CFPC from Duke University and Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago to bring together policymakers and researchers across three states (Illinois, North Carolina and Minnesota) to address issues surrounding the intersection of child welfare and education. More information.

Wonder Years — Wonder Years: The Science of Early Childhood is a Science Museum of Minnesota exhibition. CYFC staff are conducting research on how this museum exhibition or related citizen dialogues may effectively communicate research-based information to policymakers, and to what extent that knowledge may impact policymakers’ decision-making on early childhood issues.

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