During the COVID-19 pandemic, mental health care and psychosocial support for families has been scarce worldwide, including in North Carolina. To help fill this gap, two Durham-based community organizations partnered with a team of faculty and trainees from Duke to develop "Coping Together"—a program to support and strengthen families that was adapted from a similar program implemented in Kenya. Coping Together is a virtual intervention that brings families together to learn family communication, problem-solving, and psychological coping skills. It is provided by non-specialists, including community health workers. In this presentation, members of the team from Duke and the main community partner--Together for Resilient Youth--will co-present findings from the first pilot trial of Coping Together here in North Carolina. The team will discuss the formation of the community-Duke partnership, the process of delivering Coping Together during the pandemic, and preliminary data on changes experienced by families who participated in the program.
Dr. Eve Puffer is a global mental health researcher and a licensed clinical psychologist. Her research focuses on developing and evaluating integrated community-based interventions to promote child mental health, improve family functioning, and prevent HIV-risk behavior.
Dr. Amber Rieder is a recent graduate of McMaster University's Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Graduate Program, in Ontario Canada(2019). Amber is currently a Global Mental Health Postdoctoral Associate at the Duke Global Health Institute and Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, under the mentorship of Dr. Eve Puffer, Dr. Lauren Franz, and Dr. Geraldine Dawson.
Dr. Wanda Boone is Executive Director of the non-profit Together for Resilient Youth (“TRY”)--the major partner for the Coping Together project--and is deeply engaged in Durham, NC communities.