MACSS Webinar Creative Ways to Reach Hard to Reach Populations

Act Early Forum Webinar Series 

Creative Ways to Reach Hard to Reach Populations

Part 1 of 2: Addressing Disparities in “Learn the Signs. Act Early.”:

Reaching Families at Risk for Child Maltreatment

Tuesday, July 23

12:00-1:00 pm ET


About the Webinar

This webinar will focus on addressing disparities encountered in accessing the “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” initiative. It will highlight a recently completed Research Topic of Interest (RTOI) project that assessed the impact of “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” awareness education conducted in urban child care centers with families whose incomes fall below the federal poverty level. Families received awareness education in different settings, including at the child care center, in the home during a one-session visit, or through the SafeCare home visiting program, which is an evidence-based parent education program that seeks to directly reduce family risk factors associated with maltreatment. Outcomes measured included parent knowledge of child development, rates of identification of potential developmental delays and rates of follow-up of the potential delays. These outcomes were compared across settings. Preliminary findings will be shared by the research team, followed by discussion and Q&A. We hope you will be able to join us!

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Daniel Crimmins, PhD: Director, Center for Leadership in Disability and Georgia Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (GaLEND) Program, Professor, School of Public Health, Georgia State University

Emily Cook Graybill, PhD, NCSP: Clinical Assistant Professor, Center for Leadership in Disability and GaLEND Program, School of Public Health, Georgia State University

Erin Rachel Vinoski, MPH, CHES: Research Associate, Center for Leadership in Disability and GaLEND Program, School of Public Health, Georgia State University

Bonnie McBride, PhD, BCBA-D: Act Early Ambassador, Associate Professor, Department of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Catherine Rice, PhD: Epidemiologist, Developmental Psychologist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities

Additional Webinar Information
This webinar will be archived and can be viewed 3-5 days following the event on AUCD’s WEBINAR LIBRARY. For more information please see the EVENT WEBSITE or contact Tory Christensen at AUCD.

About the Act Early Forum
The Act Early Forum is a collaborative initiative based on CDC’s Learn the Signs. Act Early. program to promote sharing resources, information, and announcements related to improving early identification of young children with developmental delays.  The Act Early Forum includes an e-mail listserv and Act Early webinars.

Learn the Signs. Act Early. is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) and the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD). For more information on Learn the Signs. Act Early.,

Please contact Tory Christensen at with questions or to join the Act Early Forum e-mail listserv.