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Journal of Family Strengths Grows Readership to More than 11,000

journal family strengthsThe Journal of Family Strengths (JFS), an open-access, peer-reviewed journal produced by UHD's Center for Public Service and Family Strengths (CPSFS), CHILDREN AT RISK and the Texas Medical Center Library, has reached an auspicious milestone - more than 11,000 readers from across the nation.

JFS, formerly the Family Preservation Journal, is devoted to presenting theoretical, policy, practice and evaluation articles on family-centered practices to improve services that promote and sustain family systems. The Journal's goal is to facilitate family, worker, supervisor, educator and agency interchange. The Journal also seeks to promote research and evaluation and to disseminate cutting-edge information that supports family-centered practice.

Alvin Sallee, CPSFS director; Angelo Giardino, M.D., Ph.D., chief medical officer at Texas Children's Health Plan; and Robert Sanborn, president and CEO at CHILDREN AT RISK serve as editors-in-chief for the online journal. Dr. Noël Bezette-Flores, assistant dean of UHD's College of Public Service, also serves as executive director of CPSFS and oversees the Journal's production.

"The Journal of Family Strengths is an important collaboration between CPSFS, CHILDREN AT RISK and the Texas Medical Center Library, and plays an integral role in educating national family-centered practitioners and researchers on best practices to support healthy families," said Sallee. "Through our collaboration, we are able to make a real difference in the lives of individuals and entire families and provide a forum for national discussion on the latest research and service-based approaches to teaching and learning."

CPSFS works to support families by informing community-based services that promote and sustain family systems, facilitate individual and agency training and promote research and evaluation in the field.