Data-driven Change at the Community Level: Emerging Research on Urban Child Health
Data-driven Change at the Community Level:
Emerging Research on Urban Child Health

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Webinar Presenters
Renee D. Boynton-Jarrett, MD, ScD
Associate professor, Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine
Founding director, Vital Village Community Engagement Network

Renée Boynton-Jarrett, MD, ScD is a pediatrician and social epidemiologist and the founding director of the Vital Village Community Engagement Network. Her work focuses on the role of early-life adversities as life course social determinants of health. She has a specific concentration on psychosocial stress and neuroendocrine and reproductive health outcomes, including obesity and early puberty. She is interested in social ecology and the role of neighborhood attributes in influencing health trajectory. Specifically, Dr. Boynton-Jarrett has studied the intersection of community violence, intimate partner violence, and child abuse and neglect and neighborhood characteristics that influence these patterns. Her current work is developing community-based strategies to promote child well-being and reduce child maltreatment using a collective impact approach in three Boston neighborhoods.

Claudia J. Coulton, PhD
Lillian F. Harris Professor of Urban Research & Social Change and Distinguished University Professor, Case Western Reserve University
Founder and Co-Director, Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development

Claudia Coulton, PhD, is Distinguished University Professor and the Lillian F. Harris Professor of Urban Social Research, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University. She is the author of over 150 journal articles, book chapters and policy reports and is a frequent presenter at national conferences. Her contributions to the field have been recognized with a number of awards including induction into the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare. Dr. Coulton is also the founder and Co-Director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development. The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development seeks to address the problems of persistent and concentrated urban poverty and is dedicated to understanding how social and economic changes affect low-income communities and their residents. The Center uses research and policy evaluation, data systems, and technology to strengthen families and aid in community stabilization and development.

Lisa Sontag-Padilla, PhD
Behavioral and Social Scientist
RAND Corporation

Lisa Sontag-Padilla, PhD is a behavioral and social scientist at the RAND Corporation. She has expertise in child and adolescent health and development, parent-child relationships and experience in research design, strategic planning, data collection and analysis, and program evaluation. Her work involves examinations of individual differences in stress and resilience, interpersonal relationships, and pubertal development in youth; evaluations of large federally funded public health and mental health programs; and evaluations of locally funded programs targeted at high-risk youth and families. Dr. Sontag-Padilla's research has appeared in top-tier, peer-reviewed journals and has been presented at nationally and internationally recognized peer-reviewed conferences. She completed her post-doctoral training in primary care research at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Sontag-Padilla earned her PhD in developmental psychology and a graduate certificate in social science methodology and statistics from the University of Florida.