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Dr. Stephen Metraux

As Stephen Metraux, the new director of the Center for Community Research and Service (CCRS), seeks to increase CCRSs overall research profile, he has taken steps toward this goal with two projects that he is leading.

 

The first project, funded by the Laura & John Arnold Foundation, identifies creative responses to addressing unsheltered homelessness on the community level and identifying specific jurisdictions that are engaging in creative ways to address this problem. Dr. Metraux, along with research assistant and SPPA graduate student Cara Clase, have started this project with an in-depth survey of promising practices in areas such as policing, temporary housing and ways to engage this population. The second phase of the project will identify eight sites that are creatively engaged in responding to unsheltered homelessness. After visiting these sites, the project will produce a report of findings to guide the foundation with their philanthropy related to unsheltered homelessness and provide recommendations for how jurisdictions can be part of the solution. 

 

The second project is to evaluate a program, called Healthy Beginnings at Home, that provides housing, case management, and health care services to homeless, pregnant women in Columbus, Ohio. The ultimate goal of the program is to reduce levels of infant mortality in Columbus through providing a stable living situation and prenatal care during an intervention that spans a yearlong period covering the time directly before and after the birth. CCRS will be responsible for conducting an evaluation of the housing outcomes related to this initiative. Graduate research assistant Emily Moore is engaged in work with Dr. Metraux on this project.

 

In describing these projects, Dr. Metraux cites them as part of his goal for increasing the research activity coming out of CCRS, as well as expanding the geographical scope of CCRSs research. We are very active in Delaware, he said, and I want to continue with this focus. But we also want take our skills and experience beyond Delaware. As further examples of ways by which Metraux wants to expand CCRSs research portfolio, he points to his desire to develop more collaborations around the Medicaid data made available to the CCRS from the State of Delaware, and CCRSs active participation in community partnerships through Healthy Communities Delaware and with the Veterans Administration.

 

For more information on the Laura & John Arnold Foundation or Healthy Beginnings, see the links below.

 

https://www.arnoldfoundation.org/

https://celebrateone.info/news/healthy-beginnings-home-housing-stabilization-program-pregnant-women/

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