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Human and Community Development

About Human and Community Development

Population Science and Policy's Human and Community Development Division (HCD) works within communities to make connections with stakeholders and develop interventions based on that community's challenges, goals and interests. HCD focuses on mixed-methods research design which allows data collection in a variety of ways, including surveys, health needs assessments, focus groups and one-on-one interviews. The HCD team works hand-in-hand with community members to learn more about the community's issues and design interventions to improve health. This division works closely with the Health System Science Division to determine if there is potential to change or create new policies to maintain improved health outcomes.

HCD Faculty and Staff

Engaging Parents and Children through Interactive Play

The Department of Population Science and Policy worked with Hillsboro Area Hospital to help parent/child/caregiver interaction improve children's brain development. 

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Innovation Incubators for Building Wellness and Resilience in Rural and Urban Schools

The Department of Population Science and Policy worked with Decatur Public Schools, the Illinois Education Association and others to create an environment in which teachers, support staff and caregivers understand how to understand and react appropriately to childhood trauma.

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Remote Learning Resources for Teachers

As learning moved online due to COVID-19, the Department of Population Science and Policy surveyed teachers to develop a list of the most effective online learning resources for students.

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Other Projects

Learn more about other Human and Community Development projects.

Other projects