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FY 2018 Community Conversations Research

Executive Summary

"If pain is in our community now, pain will forever be in our community in the future if we don't make a change" (King & McDade, 2018).

"We are survivors not only of gun violence but of silence. We are survivors of the erratic productions of poverty...We are survivors of lack of resources within our schools. We are survivors of social, emotional and physical harm" (King & McDade, 2018). (

High school youth eloquently identified the crux of our problem, the long-term indifference, lack of resources in the focus community of Phoenix, Maricopa County; and, resulting risks for Arizona African American (AA) children and families who live here. Alongside the Arizona Center for African American Children (AzCAAC) members who lead the community efforts, ASU participatory action researchers will support the research and training needed to share skills with AA community leaders and stakeholders. AzCAAC gathered a multitude of AA community partners, ASU and other stakeholders on the issue of child well-being, specifically child welfare, education, health care and juvenile justice. The research questions address identification of indicators, challenges and barriers to AA child well-being, and determine the role of AzCAAC in creating a network of service volunteers while establishing itself as the 'go to' resource on the topic. This community based participatory research process is academicians and community members learning together how to take action steps toward sustainable solutions. The outcomes are: (1) AzCAAC will build its research capacity and civic infrastructure to conduct ongoing research on community indicators and child well-being priorities; (2) build community consensus on AA civic health and child well-being priorities; (3) build networks for fostering and coordinating national services volunteers in the AA community; and (4) immerse the AA community in research while establishing AzCAAC as the 'go to' child well-being resource to overcome institutionalized indifference and increase funding for AA child well-being.

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