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FAMILY: Purdue College of Health and Human Sciences Launches Faculty-led Initiative to Support Families During COVID-19 Pandemic

May 18, 2020
Mom reads from tablet to her two young children.

As people face the daily challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Purdue University’s College of Health and Human Sciences is providing a set of resources for families of all ages and generations.

“Families Tackling Tough Times Together” is a 10-week initiative that provides materials on family and child resilience.

“Families are facing stress from numerous actions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, a professor of human development and family studies and coordinator of the project. “Every family has strengths, but at times like this, they can benefit from being encouraged and reminded of that. We are providing resources to help families with information, as well as engaging and fun activities during this time. We also are inviting families to share their experiences and messages of support. We are inviting both civilian and military families to participate together since they are experiencing many similar challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

MacDermid Wadsworth, who is also director of the Center for Families and the Military Family Research Institute, brought together more than 60 faculty, staff and students from Purdue’s College of Health and Human Sciences, Purdue Extension – Health and Human Sciences, and colleagues from across Purdue and around the country to rapidly build this “pop-up” initiative.   

The free resource launched on April 16, 2020, via a Facebook group.

Program materials will be released each week but can be used at any time. Topics for the 10-week program are:

The College of Health and Human Sciences is home to the departments of Health and Kinesiology; Human Development and Family Studies; Nutrition Science; Psychological Sciences; Public Health; Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences; and the schools of Nursing, Health Sciences, and Hospitality and Tourism Management. 



Photo caption: Purdue University’s College of Health and Human Sciences has made available resources for families to use during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo: Alexander Dummer/Unsplash) https://news.uns.purdue.edu/images/2020/family-time.jpg 

Writer: Matthew Oates, 765-586-7496 (cell), oatesw@purdue.edu, @mo_oates

Source: Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, shelley@purdue.edu, @MFRIPurdue

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