Families and Health Section Update

Kimberly Greder, Ph.D., CFLE, CFCS, Section Chair, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Iowa State University
/ Winter 2020 NCFR Report

The Families and Health (FH) Section had a great presence at the 2020 NCFR Annual Conference, with 117 submitted and 85 accepted proposals, and a special session focused on promoting health and resilience through expanding our understanding of individuals with disabilities. Among the accepted proposals were one workshop, six symposia, 12 papers, six interactive papers, and 60 posters. The FH Section’s invited presenter symposia focused on a review of family gerontology research, theory and methodology, mental health and well-being of grandfamilies, and social determinants of health and obesity across the life span.

At the FH Section meeting, the following section awards and their recipients were recognized:

  • The inaugural Excellence in Professional/Clinical Practice Award: Dr. Tai Mendenhall, associate professor, Department of Family Social Science, University of Minnesota
  • Outstanding Student/New Professional Paper Award: Christine E. McCall, M.S., graduate student, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Purdue University
  • Outstanding Professional Paper Award: Antoinette Landor, associate professor, Department of Human Development and Family Science, University of Missouri

In a future newsletter, recipients of the poster awards will be announced.

Thank you to those of you who submitted papers and posters for awards, as well as those of you who reviewed proposal abstracts for the conference. Make sure to start planning now for the proposals you would like to submit to the FH Section for the 2021 NCFR Annual Conference.

Free 1-year trial section memberships have been extended to individuals who came to the FH Section meeting and were not previously FH section members.