About the Center

The Center for Child and Family Health Promotion Research (CCFHPR) was created to support the development and dissemination of evidence-based interventions and best practices related to the needs of underserved populations in the context of their communities. The CCFHPR was designated a Center of Research Excellence within the Academic Heath Center at the University in 1998. Membership includes tenured, tenured-track and clinical faculty, intereted community partners, research staff, post-doctoral fellows and doctoral students, and selected undergraduate scholars.

Center goals are to:

  • Facilitate high-quality research to enhance health among vulnerable populations
  • Mentor nurse researchers and their research teams
  • Foster scholarly inquiry and collaboration among faculty and students with community and university partners
  • Share research findings with local, state, national and international audiences

Members have been funded over the past five years from sources such as the National Institutes of Health (NINR, NIMH, NICHD), the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Health and Human Services (HRSA/MCHB) support health promotion research and educational projects led by our faculty. Research areas include:

  • Public health
  • Childbearing and child-rearing families
  • Adolescent health
  • Children with special health care needs
  • Family health

The Center is an ideal environment for the nursing scholar whose passion is to make a real difference in the health of underserved people.
It is located in the midst of the richly diverse Twin Cities urban area, where the public schools report that more than 80 languages - from the Spanish of the Americas to the Somali of Africa to the Hmong of Southeast Asia - are spoken in students' homes. It is housed in the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, which is small enough to provide a collaborative environment yet enjoys the resources of the nation's third-ranked public research university, its nationally recognized Academic Health Center, and Minnesota's progressive and world-renowned health care community.

Researchers find the Center an exciting collaborative environment:

  • They feel energized by the support research programs receive in the collegial think-tank environment of regular center meetings and in genuinely constructive grant and manuscript reviews.
  • They find innovative ideas are stimulated by each other's work and by relationships they build in the community in a recursive cycle of intervention and evaluation.
  • They are encouraged by their ability not only to create but also to sustain health improvement in populations where it is needed the most.

Center Director

Jayne Fulkerson

Jayne Fulkerson, PhD

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Contact us

Phone: 612-624-4823
Fax: 612-626-6606
Email: CCFHPR@umn.edu