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Lynda Knox awarded CDC prevention grant

Lynda Knox, associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, has been awarded $1.6 million by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to study the impact of multi-family group interventions on the health and well-being of immigrant children.

The grant is the USC portion of a $4.3 million award to the Southern California Academic Center for Excellence in Youth Violence Prevention to continue and expand its programs. The Center, which is based at the University of California at Riverside, is a consortium of faculty from five universities including the Keck School of Medicine, the University of California at Irvine, the University of California at Los Angeles and the University of California at Santa Barbara.

With the new five-year grant, the Center becomes one of eight Comprehensive Academic Centers for Excellence funded by the CDC.

Knox co-directs the Academic Center of Excellence with Nancy Guerra, professor of psychology at UC Riverside, and is principal investigator for the multi-family group study, which Continued from page 1

also be examining victimization experiences of new immigrants from Latin America in the Santa Ana, Calif. area and the impact of these experiences on immigrant health. America Bracho and Christina Jose Kempner from Latino Health Access, a community-based organization in Santa Ana, are collaborative partners on the study.

As part of her role at the Center, Knox also oversees training for healthcare professionals on youth violence prevention.

Lynda Knox awarded CDC prevention grant

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