Dr. Connie Baird-Thomas will serve as PI of the “Vroom Expansion” project. This will continue Statewide Vroom and Mind in the Making Coordinator Heather Martin’s work to expand Vroom statewide, with the focus on embedding the programs within existing community or organizational structures. The expansion will build upon previously established partnerships with community based organizations and state agencies to equip families, teachers, and healthcare providers with ways to support early brain development.
Dr. Sheena Gardner will serve as the external evaluator for the Rankin County Youth Court for the family court and juvenile court divisions. Her responsibilities include the monitoring and analyzing of 1) program-related data such as drug screenings, time spent away from children, participants who complete treatment, graduation statistics, ect. and 2) GPRA- related data. She will be responsible for compiling the semi-annual and annual report as required by the funder.
Dr. Holli Seitz, director of the Message Laboratory, is the PI for a new planning grant from the Extension Foundation titled “Building Vaccine Confidence and Increasing Adult Immunizations in Mississippi.”