Recent News Releases

Blue Cross NC Invests in Family Connects International

BlueCross BlueShield NC logo December 3, 2018

Family Connects International (FCI) has received new funding from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC) as part of the Blue Cross NC’s $1.7 million investment in improving maternal and infant health across the state. The funds will go toward supporting the expansion of the Family Connects model across the state.

“We’re honored to be partners with Blue Cross NC,” said Executive Director Scott Hippert in the press release. “With this sponsorship, we’ll build our capacity to promote early childhood systems transformation across North Carolina and the U.S.”

FCI is a program of the Center for Child and Family Policy and Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. The program provides an evidence-based model for community-wide nurse home visiting for all newborns. Designed to connect families to the early childhood resources they need, the program has been shown to effectively reduce infant emergency medical care and improve maternal and infant health outcomes.


Obesity Linked with Teen Exposure to Violence

candy, potato chips, soda and other junk food August 1, 2017

Teens consumed more unhealthy foods and beverages on days they were exposed to violence and suffered from fatigue due to poor sleep the next day, according to a new study in the journal Social Science and Medicine. Children exposed to violence are at greater risk for obesity, but exactly how that occurs is not well understood, the researchers said. Authors included Center-affiliated researchers Joy Pointak, William E. Copeland, Rick H. Hoyle and Candice L. Odgers.

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College Attendance Drops After Widespread Job Loss

Photo of an abandoned Factory June 16, 2017

A new study by Center faculty fellows Liz Ananat and Anna Gassman-Pines suggests that the negative effects of parental job loss (children perform worse in school and are less likely to go to college) aren’t limited to the families of those who lost their jobs.

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Transgender College Freshmen Drink More, Experience More Blackouts

three tumblers of whiskey March 21, 2017

A survey of more than 422,000 college freshmen found that students who identified as transgender were more likely than their peers who identify with their birth gender to experience negative consequences from drinking. The results suggest transgender college students may be particularly vulnerable to alcohol abuse, said Scott Swartzwelder, a Center faculty fellow and a senior author of the analysis.

Wilbourn Receives Presidential Early Career Award

Makeba Wilbourn, Duke University January 11, 2017

Faculty Fellow Makeba Wilbourn has received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. This is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their research. Wilbourn studies how children learn language and how different modes of input, such as gestures, influence early language and cognitive development.