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January 16, 2020

Family Foundations helps support military families expecting their first child

Online training developed at Penn State promotes warmth, nurturing and stability in the family The arrival of a newborn can be stressful for all new parents, but may be especially so for those in the military. On top of sleep deprivation and being responsible for an infant 24 hours a day, military parents can experience the additional stress of deployment, frequent moves and uncertainty about the future.

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January 13, 2020

Preventing human trafficking using data-driven, community-based strategies

Approximately 40 million people worldwide, including many in the United States, are estimated to be victims of human trafficking — a form of modern-day slavery in which traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to control both adults and children. Human trafficking can take many forms, such as forced and bonded labor, domestic servitude, and commercial sexual exploitation.

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January 09, 2020

Marijuana policies: A call to shift from a criminal justice approach to a public health approach

By Elizabeth Long and Diana Fishbein, opinion contributors for The Hill

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Students in "The Art and Science of Human Flourishing" colored mandalas while listening to relaxing music.

December 18, 2019

A student perspective on “The Art and Science of Human Flourishing”

What does it mean to flourish, and what does it have to do with student life? The Student Flourishing Initiative is a multi-university collaboration between Penn State, the University of Virginia, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison that aims to assist students in cultivating their well-being and exploring what it means to live a life of flourishing. Part of this initiative is a general education course for Penn State undergraduates called “Art and Science of Human Flourishing" (HDFS 108N.) I’m Hannah Ferenci, the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center’s communications intern, and I recently sat in on a lecture to see how flourishing starts in the classroom.

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December 13, 2019

Prevention and methodology trainees focus on engaging diverse communities

On Nov. 4, 20 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from the colleges of Health and Human Development, Liberal Arts and Education participated in a 4-hour workshop to learn strategies for engaging diverse communities in their research.

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