Track:

  • Health and Well-Being
  • Educational Success
  • Economic Opportunity
  • Safety and Resilience

Format: Project-Based

African American fathers play an important role in the lives of their children, families, and communities. Despite evidence of positive academic, health, social, and economic outcomes when these fathers are involved, health and human service education, practice, research, and policies have been focused on mothers. It has been documented that practitioners, researchers, educators, and policy makers have limited skills in effectively engaging African American fathers and developing supportive programs and policies. Further, research studies have found that many practitioners have biases against African American fathers, which is a barrier to them accessing care and resources for themselves and their families. Although there was an information memorandum issued by President Clinton in 1995 to federal agencies to engage fathers, another was just issued in October 2018. Now is the time to finally turn the rhetoric of our country’s democratic ideals and the ethics of our professions into real life practice and create a culture of health and equity for African American fathers and their families. This workshop will introduce a father-inclusive framework for education, practice, research, and policy. The workshop will also allow participants to assess their practice and develop an action plan to engage fathers.

Learning Objectives:

  • A father-inclusive framework for education, practice, research, and policy 
  • Community- and evidence-based strategies for engaging African American fathers 
  • Biases against African American fathers that impact service utilization and provision
  • Methods for assessing practice and policies for father-inclusion
  • Develop an action plan to engage fathers in services

Presenter(s):

  • Latrice Rollins, assistant director of evaluation, Morehouse School of Medicine

Latrice Rollins
Assistant Director of Evaluation/Assistant Professor
Morehouse School of Medicine
@latrice_rollins

Latrice Rollins is the assistant director of evaluation and institutional assessment at Morehouse School of Medicine Prevention Research Center. She is a social worker and evaluation generalist. She provides evaluation plan development and management for academic and community-based programs focused on strengthening the research infrastructure of minority institutions, public health workforce development programs, and reducing health disparities in various areas, including behavioral health, sexual health, and chronic disease. 

Rollins is also an Assistant Professor in the Morehouse School of Medicine Department of Community Health & Preventive Medicine. Her research focuses on father engagement and fatherhood programs. She is a member of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Leaders cohort. She received awards for her work at U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General. She also worked for the State of Georgia Department of Child Support Services. 

Rollins received a bachelor’s in sociology from Spelman College and a master’s and doctorate in social work from the University of Georgia.