UMass open house on health program

Published: 6/7/2016 3:43:54 PM

SPRINGFIELD – A new community-focused health research, education and outreach program will host an open house at the University of Massachusetts Center at Springfield Thursday.

The Healthy Development initiative is led by UMass Amherst faculty and is aimed at understanding and promoting psychological and physical health and well being of people of all ages, according to a statement.

The open house will be held at the UMass Center at Tower Square, 1500 Main St., in Springfield from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

It will feature activities, tours of the program’s offices and refreshments. There will be a question-and-answer period via webcast with Jennifer Lansford at 12:30 p.m. Lansford is a Duke University professor and expert on cross-cultural studies of human development.

The Healthy Development Initiative launched this spring. Its projects include a series of studies exploring factors that contribute to resilient development beginning in childhood, a collaboration with Holyoke public schools to develop new curricula, intervention and assessment schools for summer programs and developing an online resource to connect pregnant women and women with infants with resources that serve them.

“We are scientists and students who discover and share new knowledge about human development,” said initiative director Kirby Deater-Deckard. “We do this in collaboration with community partners, who put this knowledge to work.”

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