Zero to Thrive is delighted to welcome Dr. Angela Johnson to a new leadership role as the 

Zero to Thrive Director for Equity and Community Engagement. Learn more about the Zero to Thrive team.

TRANSLATIONAL NETWORK SPRING MEETING | May 5, 2021

Rapid Response Talks

Building Bridges, Breaking Barriers: Community Engagement in Research and Why It Matters

On May 5th, the Zero to Thrive Translational Network sponsored a Rapid Response Talk and panel discussion, “Building Bridges, Breaking Barriers: Community Engagement in Research and Why It Matters”. This Rapid Response Talk convened panel of community and advocacy leaders and featured community-based efforts to address race/ethnicity related inequities affecting young children and families in Michigan. Speakers addressed topics that had been the focus of a prior Post-Election Rapid Response Talk, including early childhood education and migrant farmworker families. Speakers addressed the impact of the first 100 days of the Biden Administration, provided an overview of child- and family-relevant policies in the Federal Stimulus Package, and outlined current efforts as well as key next steps that community members can take to ensure that pregnant people and families with young children are afforded the racial justice, equity, positive social environments, and opportunities that they need to succeed. This report provides summaries of the talks, highlights policy implications, and provides links to resources.


TRANSLATIONAL NETWORK FALL MEETING | December 9, 2020

Post-Election Policy Rapid Response Talks

The Zero to Thrive Translational Network presents its fall meeting: Post Election Policy Rapid Response Talks. The Translational Network faculty panel, leading national experts in their fields, highlight how issues of racial justice and injustice impact young children and families. The Rapid Response Talks engage both faculty and the policy community in conversation regarding key topics relevant for pregnant women and families with young children, with a focus on current events and policy implications of the November election. This timely and energizing discussion presents an important and exciting opportunity for sharing key information to translate faculty research expertise to make a difference for children and families.


RAPID RESPONSE TALK | July 11, 2018

Research and Policy Perspectives on Separating (and Reconnecting) Children and Parents: Implications for Families on the Border

Zero to Thrive aims to translate research and to engage communities and the university in conversation regarding issues of critical relevance to families with young children facing adversity. In July of 2018, Zero to Thrive co-sponsored, together with the University of Michigan Center For Human Growth & Development, a Rapid Response Talk, titled: “Research and Policy Perspectives on Separating (and Reconnecting) Children and Parents: Implications for Families on the Border.” This panel presentation and discussion included faculty from Michigan Medicine and the U-M School of Law, and focused on current research and policy considerations of relevance to children and families on the border.

“We think that we’ve made the family whole again by simply bringing them back together and letting them go on with their lives, when the reality is that there’s a lot of work that still needs to be done.”

VIVEK SANKARAN, JD, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN LAW SCHOOL


Provided here is a summary of the presentations along with key policy implications and a social media toolkit. Please download and use the embedded links and materials to share broadly: