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Weathering the Storm with Student Parents: Confronting Racism and COVID-19 in Minnesota


In the 20 years I have been with the University of Minnesota’s Student Parent HELP Center (SPHC), I have never experienced anything like the parallel traumas of a pandemic and the George Floyd murder. Being in Minneapolis, which has been at the epicenter of the national mourning of George Floyd and resulting social strife, has…

Keeping Families Safe in Times of Crisis: LIFT’s Response to COVID-19


At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March, we asked our families how they were doing and what they needed. Feedback loops are ingrained into our program model through a process we call “Constituent Voice,” where parents provide timely feedback to help us continuously evolve our model. They told us that, on average, they…

Ohio State University’s ACCESS Collaborative Creates a 2Gen Solution to Help Student Parents Cope with COVID-19 Challenges


There are no days off for student parents. Not even a worldwide pandemic can stop them from ensuring their child’s health, safety, and education – as well as their own. However, big adjustments like stay-in-places orders, transitioning from in-person to online classes, and the closure of childcare facilities, call for even bigger solutions. The Ohio…

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Announcing: New Community of Family Prosperity Innovators


Our world has changed. The wave of uncertainty touched off by the pandemic is becoming an ongoing process of relearning how to live, work and care for our families. A powerful national movement for racial justice around the world is making clear that we need a new social contract. Our nation faces a reckoning with…

GAO Report Calls on HHS to Support State 2Gen Approaches


The current health and economic crisis along with the heightened awareness of the indisputable impacts of systemic racism make it clear that now is the time for a transformative paradigm shift that places children and families at the center of our federal and state systems. Advancing the two-generation (2Gen) approach, which builds family well-being by…

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Bold Leaders to Advance Innovative Strategies for Families’ Health and Economic Prosperity


Contact: Lindsay Broyhill Ascend at the Aspen Institute lindsay.broyhill@aspeninstitute.org  Bold Leaders to Advance Innovative Strategies for Families’ Health and Economic Prosperity  Aspen Institute Launches New Partners and Advisors in Aspen Family Prosperity Innovation Community  Washington, DC – Ascend at the Aspen Institute is proud to announce the new partners and advisors the Aspen Family Prosperity Innovation Community, Ascend’s initiative for breakthrough innovations and collaborations that position families to reach educational…