iIMPACT Programs

Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law

Institute for Health Law & Policy Lab (iHELP)

The Institute for Health Law and Policy Lab is under the direction of Professor Kathryn Ramsey of the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law and was launched to foster policy-based service work through interdisciplinary, community-focused engagement.

Medical Legal Partnership (MLP)

Housed in the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law and under the direction of Dr. Katy Ramsey, MLP addresses the legal and social issues that impact child and family health through direct legal services, education and systemic advocacy.

Loewenberg College of Nursing

ACEs Curriculum Integration (ACI)

Based in the Loewenberg College of Nursing and under the direction of Dr. Lin Zhan, ACI aims to incorporate adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) awareness and prevention, toxic stress reduction, trauma informed care, resilience, workable strategies, interventions, and sound policies across undergraduate and graduate courses in the Loewenberg College of Nursing.

Pediatric Asthma Management (PAM)

Under the leadership of Dr. Lin Zhan (Loewenberg College of Nursing), PAM focuses on engaging and empowering Shelby County Schools’ teachers, staff, and care providers to effectively manage pediatric asthma.

College of Professional and Liberal Studies

Coordinated Effort to Enhance Development (CEED)

Under the direction of Dr. Loretta Rudd (College of Professional and Liberal Studies), CEED is a multi-disciplinary approach to enhancing social and emotional development in young children with a coordinated effort of individuals working in/with early care and learning (e.g. childcare directors, childcare teachers, parents with children in childcare and the children in childcare).

Lanuage Environment Analysis (LENA)

Also under the direction of Dr. Loretta Rudd (College of Professional and Liberal Studies), LENA is a program that helps parents/caregivers understand the importance of talking with their children, early brain development, and literacy for early care through back and forth conversational turns.

Department of Social Work

Lifelong Initiative for Family Empowerment (LIFE)

Based in the Department of Social Work and under the direction of Dr. Gregory Washington, LIFE is a community based project that aims to connect families to a system of care that promotes the healthy development of their youngest family members.

College of Education and School of Communication Sciences and Disorders Initiative

Autism, Behavior, and Communications (ABC) Program

Under the direction of Dr. Laura Casey, the ABC Program is a collaboration between the College of Education and the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders and specializes in children ages 3 to 5 years old with a diagnosis of high-functioning autism.

Department of Psychology & School of Public Health

Evaluation: Promoting Resilience in Memphis: An Outcome Evaluation of iIMPACT Services for the Health and Well-being of Urban Children

Under the direction of Dr. Kathryn Howell (Department of Psychology) and Dr. Debra Bartelli (School of Public Health), this initiative supports evaluation efforts of the funded iIMPACT projects by assisting the project PI’s with evaluation design, implementation, and analysis to ensure that intended outcomes are realistic, achievable, and measurable across iIMPACT projects.

Research and Innovation

Infrastructure and Support

Under the leadership of Teresa Franklin, Executive Director, the Infrastructure ensures that all the current and future initiatives intentionally work together to achieve the same goals and optimize collective impact by providing a central “hub” to drive, support, and enhance the work of iIMPACT.

Department of Psychology

Pregnant Moms' Empowerment Program (PMEP)

The overarching goal of the project is to evaluate the Pregnant Moms' Empowerment Program (PMEP), which is aimed at improving maternal mental health, reducing re-victimization, enhancing parenting sensitivity, and strengthening infant development. The project also seeks to examine mechanisms of change, including social support and empowerment. Women participating in the study will be interviewed at baseline, post-intervention and when their infants are 3 months and 12 months old.