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The Research Program on Children and Adversity (RPCA) is funded by NIH, the World Bank, USAID, and private foundations.  Research projects are based here in the U.S. as well as in Sierra Leone and Rwanda and abstracts on each research project are below.

Sugira Muryango, based in Rwanda, is a deployment focused, scalable home-visiting model that promotes positive parent-child relationships and fosters child development. It is based on the Family Strengthening Intervention (FSI) model originally developed and tested in Rwanda to improve communication and parenting in HIV/AIDS-affected families with school-age children.  The Sugira Muryango program offers coaching to caregivers of young children to promote early stimulation and responsive parenting and reduce family violence.

Youth Forward, based in Sierra Leone, is a coordinated plan to establish model research partnerships and a regional hub for the advancement of implementation science focused on scaling up evidence-based mental health interventions for youth exposed to compound adversity via youth employment programs in West Africa.  The Youth Readiness Intervention (YRI) is a cognitive behavioral therapy-based empirically supported intervention with treatment elements for delivery in community settings by a lay workforce.

The Family Strengthening Intervention for refugees (FSI-R), based in New England (Springfield, MA and Lewiston, ME), addresses mental health disparities in refugee children through family and community-based prevention. The study involves community-based participatory research (CBPR) with refugee groups resettled in New England (Somali Bantu and Bhutanese) to develop and evaluate the impact of the FSI-R done by refugees for refugees.