BUFFALO, N.Y. -- University at Buffalo Law School Professor
Susan V. Mangold has been selected the leading academic for one of
15 teams accepted for a cooperative research conference sponsored
by the National Institutes of Health and National Institute of
The conference, to be held in San Jose, Calif., Feb. 6-10, will
bring academic researchers and community administrators together in
weeklong workshops to examine issues of public health. Mangold,
co-director of UB's Program for Excellence in Family Law and an
expert in child welfare law, is the lead academic researcher for a
group weighing the impact of local funding strategies on child
The conference, called the NIH/NIMH Community-based
Participatory Research Approaches to Sustaining Healthy Families
and Multicultural Communities Research Institute, accepted 15 teams
-- including Mangold's -- from more than 40 proposals applying for
sponsorships from the NIH/NIMH.
Mangold will be joined by Crystal Allan, director of the Public
Children's Services Association of Ohio, who will serve as the lead
community partner in the research group, and Greg Kapcar, a
colleague at the Ohio agency. Also included in the research team is
Catherine Cerulli, assistant professor of psychiatry at the
University at Rochester. Roger Ward, representing the State of
Ohio, will work with the team via conference calls during and after
the February sessions.
"We are looking at whether the type of funding, not the amount,
impacts child welfare outcomes," says Mangold. "Our preliminary
findings indicate that local funding with flexibility, reliability
and accountability leads to better outcomes."
Mangold says she and her research team will work at the
institute to develop a study to test that hypothesis. Child welfare
is funded by federal/state/local matching funds. Ohio uses more
local funds than any state; 44 of its 88 counties have dedicated
tax levies for child welfare services.
Information on the institute can be found at http://www.rochesterpreventsuicide.org/pdf/suicide_brochure_final.pdf.
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