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PACT: Parents and Children Together

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What We Do

Through PACT, Penn State researchers increase the cultural sensitivity and impact of their research while improving lives in Harrisburg.

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How We Helped

PACT reaches out to the community through free family workshops and trainings for childcare employees, and in other ways as needed.

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What We've Learned

PACT brings what we’ve learned through research in Harrisburg back to community members, local organizations and our Community Advisory Board. 

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Parents and Children Together (PACT) is an initiative of the Harrisburg Center for Healthy Child Development. The PACT Initiative works to promote the health and well-being of children, youth and families from diverse backgrounds through culturally-sensitive and community engaged research projects implemented by Penn State researchers. PACT is funded through Penn State's Social Science Research Institute (SSRI), with contributions from the Child Study Center and participating research projects.

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PACT Affiliates Give Back at the Harrisburg Hispanic Heritage Festival
Penn State representatives engaged with the Harrisburg community at the Hispanic Heritage Festival Kick-Off Block Party.
PACT to Participate in New Research Study
Kristin Buss and Koraly Perez-Edgar to begin multi-site project.
Rick Sayles Featured in the News
PACT CAB member Rick Sayles was recently featured in the news for his work with the community.
Dr. Lavette Paige Receives Meck Award
Presented by the Alumni/ae Council of the Lancaster Theological Seminary, this award recognizes distinguished service in the practice of pastoral ministry.
Penn State and LHACC provide Video Screening/Family Fun Day
A community event bringing local families and Penn State researchers together.
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