Healthy Families

The Early Life and Prevention theme of the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration Yorkshire and Humber works with the public, service providers and researchers to improve health, wellbeing and promote fairer futures for families living in deprived areas across the Yorkshire and Humber region. The theme is co-led by Professor Kate Pickett and Professor Rosie McEachan and builds upon the foundations established by the previous Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRCs).

Research is undertaken across five broad topic areas (Best Start; Oral Health; Healthy Bodies; Healthy Learning; Healthy Places) and complemented by cross-cutting topic areas (Healthy Equity and Minority Ethnic Health; Systems Change and Priority Setting). An additional topic, focusing on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic was established in 2020. We have over 50 research projects in our theme and are always interested in hearing new ideas – please do get in touch. Explore the topic areas below to find out more about our current projects.

Healthy Families Projects

Acceptability of photobiomodulation for mucositis management in children and young people

Most children with cancer are treated with chemotherapy. Eight in every ten of these children develop a sore mouth, which can involve extensive, painful ulceration. We call this oral mucositis....

GP drop-in clinics at Family Hubs

Our team are supporting Hull City Council to evaluate a new GP drop-in clinic at a Family Hub. The clinic is available to all families attending certain play sessions at...

Exploring the psychometric properties of parent and child measures

We are working on several projects that will evaluate the psychometric properties and potential utility of measures administered during the early years to both parents and children. We are looking...

Making a Difference: Our Latest Healthy Families case studies

Meet the Healthy Families Team

Kate Morton

Research Fellow

Sarah Blower

Principal Research Fellow

Mallory Morehead

Research Fellow

Our latest Healthy Families publications

The art of Patient and Public Involvement: exploring ways to research and reduce air pollution through art-based community workshops – a reflective paper

The Born in Bradford COVID-19 Research Study: Protocol for an adaptive mixed methods research study to gather actionable intelligence on the impact of COVID-19 on health inequalities amongst families living in Bradford

The Challenges of Assessing Sample Representativeness within Community-Based Evaluations of Parenting Programmes delivered in England and Ireland

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Best Start

The Best Start topic aims to improve the mental and physical health of parents and infants from conception onwards. This includes developing and evaluating interventions, co-producing and testing measures, and promoting equitable access to support for families.

Theme lead(s): Sarah Blower