Consistent with the University’s broad mission “…to serve as a center for research, scholarship, and creativity…” the Jordan Institute for Families and its affiliated programs—all of which secure extramural funding to support their activities—serve as a focal point for public engagement and service.
The activities described in this website demonstrate the involvement of the University in serving families across North Carolina and the country. The Jordan Institute is deeply involved in improving child welfare and promoting the safety, permanence, and well-being of our youngest citizens. In the fields of mental health and substance use, our faculty provide ongoing professional development and training at the intersection of behavioral and physical health. These faculty members are forging connections between the University, community, and public systems striving to serve families with complex needs. Still other efforts focus on transitions as families change and adults reach retirement and end-of-life; our programs and services train agencies to provide helpful and supportive services throughout the life course.
The programs represent a diverse range of practice and policy initiatives designed to benefit families across North Carolina and the nation. Some programs were established before the formation of the Jordan Institute for Families and chose to affiliate with the Institute when it was created. Other programs were created under the Institute after it was founded. Each section below briefly summarizes the services offered by programs affiliated with the Institute, and reports on outcomes observed by each program in the past year and, in some cases, over the past two to three years.
All 13 programs serve a common objective: to provide the 100 counties in North Carolina with the best available information for serving families. The programs include: