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JPS and the African Diaspora Consortium Explore the Impact of Multigenerational Living and Chronic Health Conditions

May 20, 2022

 

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Dr. Errick Greene, superintendent of Jackson Public School District (JPSD), in partnership with the African Diaspora Consortium (ADC), an organization committed to cutting edge research around education and health to enhance understanding and positive outcomes for students at all levels, plan to launch an exploration about the experiences of JPSD middle and high school students living in multigenerational households. The research will explore the effects of COVID-19 and chronic illnesses on students’ physical and mental well-being as well as their academic performance and outcomes.

Studies suggest that the COVID-19 pandemic increased depression and diminished school performance in students due to changes in their emotional/mental health and its impact on the many families regardless of racial/ethnic identity. This extensive evidence supports that it is important and necessary to hear the lived experiences of students living in multigenerational homes during the pandemic.

“This unprecedented pandemic, disparities related to chronic diseases, and the growing numbers of students living in multigenerational housing provide a unique opportunity to conduct an exploratory study on this important, yet little studied, intersection of healthcare challenges, students’ living conditions, and educational outcomes on middle school and secondary students,” said Dr. Kassie Freeman, president, and CEO of ADC. “The African Diaspora Consortium is pleased to embark upon this intellectual journey to provide discovery, insight, and improvements for our youth.”

Serving as superintendent of JPSD since 2018, Dr. Greene, a keen innovator indicates, “Students’ living conditions have been shown to offer both resilience and barriers to their mental and physical health and well-being and ultimately their academic performance and outcomes.” “The voices of middle and high school  scholars will help shape the next steps and their suggestions will become part of a bold, strategic plan that can change both the trajectory of their lives and education administration.”

It is awe-inspiring and an honor for the African Diaspora Consortium, an organization committed to students’ accomplishments at all levels, to work with Dr. Greene and JPSD.

Researchers will begin data collection in June 2022, with an early findings report set for July 2022 and the release of findings by early August 2022.