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$85,000 Grant from the Fatherhood Research and Practice Network

Using Cellphone Technology to Engage Fathers in Services

Advancements in technology are changing the way we communicate with each other and can have a profound impact on recruitment and engagement of individuals in human services programs. The Suffolk County Fatherhood Initiative is using cell phone technology to engage and retain men in responsible fathering services. 

Dr. Anna Hayward-Everson, Associate Professor at the School of Social Welfare, was recently awarded $85,000 to study the impact of cell phones and texting on father's participation, engagement, and retention in healthy relationship and responsible fatherhood services. 

Pictured with Dr. Hayward-Everson (from left) is Fernando Beltran, MSW student and Senior Research Aide on the FRPN study and Kevin Yim, MS, 2015, Senior Research Analyst on ongoing evaluation of the Suffolk County Fatherhood Initiative.