June 11


11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Duke in DC

Join us for a conversation about how the coronavirus pandemic lockdown has impacted children and families across the U.S.

The global coronavirus pandemic has impacted virtually all facets of society in a relatively short period of time. Since North Carolina Governor Cooper’s statewide “Stay at Home” order issued on March 30, 2020, schools and childcare programs have shut down, behaviors have changed and many families are now facing brand new challenges due to COVID-19.

How are North Carolina children and families responding to orders and support from the government? What policy solutions will best assist children and their families?

Duke in DC, in partnership with the Sanford School of Public Policy, the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy and Duke State Relations is holding a briefing to discuss new and existing issues COVID-19 has created for families in North Carolina, as well as the greater United States. In this conversation, we will address relevant, timely surveys from Duke University social science researchers about the state’s behaviors during the pandemic and how they help us interpret family’s wellbeing. Our panelists will discuss how we can address some of these community challenges from all levels of government at the local, state and federal levels in order to improve systems and programs for families.

Carolyn Barnes

Assistant Professor | Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy

Carolyn Barnes’ research agenda broadly explores the social and political implications of social policy on low-income populations in the areas of childcare policy, family services, and support for young children. Prior to Duke, Carolyn completed a PhD in Political Science and Public Policy from the University of Michigan, where she worked as an affiliate of the National Poverty Center conducting research on the effects of nonprofit community-based service provision on parenting practices and the psychosocial well-being of families and children. Her

Anna Gassman-Pines

Associate Professor | Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy

Anna Gassman-Pines teaches courses in public policy, psychology and neuroscience and is a faculty affiliate of Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy Center for Child and Family Policy. Gassman-Pines received her BA with distinction in Psychology from Yale University and PhD in Community and Developmental Psychology from New York University. Her research focuses on low-wage work, family life and the effects of welfare and employment policy on child and maternal well-being in low-income families. Her research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, American Psychological Association, National Head Start Association, and National Institute of Mental Health, and various private foundations.

Donald H. Taylor, Jr

Professor | Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy

Don Taylor is the director of the Social Science Research Initiative (SSRI) and an executive core faculty member of the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy, among numerous other Duke University affiliations. He also currently chairs the Duke University Academic Council. Most of his ongoing research is in the area of end of life policy with a focus on patient decision-making and Medicare policy on hospice and palliative care. He has served on national committees including National Academies Committee on Health Care Utilization and Adults with Disabilities and the HRSA Negotiated Rulemaking Committee created by the Affordable Care Act to reconsider how the federal government identifies Health Professional Shortage Areas and Medically Underserved Areas.