Representatives from five partner organizations and our federal funding agency lead the TRC.
Drs. Michelle Sarche (Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe, TRC Principal Investigator) and Nancy Whitesell serve on the Leadership Team from the Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health (CAIANH) at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Colorado School of Public Health. CAIANH supports the health and well-being of Native people and communities through research, training, continuing education, technical assistance, and information dissemination carried out in partnerships with over 150 tribes, 38 community-based health organizations, and 12 Alaska Native regional corporations across 30 states.
Drs. Catherine Ayoub and Josh Sparrow serve on the Leadership Team from Brazelton Touchpoints Center based in the Division of Developmental Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital, a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital. Together with families, providers, and communities, the Center develops and applies knowledge of early childhood development to practice and policy through professional and organizational development, evaluation, advocacy, and awareness, serving as a resource for proven practices.
Dr. Allison Barlow serves on the Leadership Team from the Center for American Indian Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The Center works in partnership with tribal communities to design and implement public health programs and support public health training to raise the health status, self-sufficiency, and health leadership of Indigenous peoples to the highest possible level. The Center is now active with more than 140 tribal communities in over 21 states.
Dr. Deana Around Him (Cherokee Nation) serves on the Leadership Team from Child Trends, a national non-profit focused exclusively on improving the lives of children and youth. Child Trends conducts rigorous, nonpartisan research and evaluation grounded in deep knowledge of child development. Child Trends’ work occurs in partnership with practitioners and policymakers to develop actionable recommendations and clear communications for improving interventions and policies that serve children and their families.
Dr. Jessica Barnes-Najor serves on the Leadership Team from the University Outreach and Engagement Office (UOE) at Michigan State University. The UOE emphasizes university-community partnerships that are collaborative, participatory, empowering, systemic, transformative, and anchored in scholarship. The UOE creates an ecosystem of engagement by supporting faculty, staff, and students; fostering public access to university expertise and resources; and advocating for exemplary engaged scholarship, nationally and internationally.
Drs. Nicole Denmark, Meryl Barofsky, Aleta Meyer, Laura Hoard, and Amelia Popham, serve on the Leadership Team from the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF). OPRE supports data-driven decision making in ACF programs by increasing the quality, usefulness, sharing, and analysis of data on ACF programs and the populations they serve through research and evaluation that upholds principles of rigor, relevance, transparency, independence, and ethics. The TRC is funded by a cooperative agreement from ACF/OPRE; Drs. Nicole Denmark and Laura Hoard serve as the ACF/OPRE TRC Program Officers.