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In partnership with the Erikson Institute, Dr. Linda Gilkerson and her investigative team are spearheading the project titled, Expanding Gulf Coast Maternal and Child Health: Strengthening Family Resilience in Disaster Prone Communities Experiencing Repeated Environmental Stressors. The study aims at improving the implementation of the tailored Fussy Baby Network® New Orleans and Gulf Coast intervention. The program evaluation project has three phases: 1) The Implementation Study: Program Perspective, 2) Implementation Study: Family Perspective, and 3) the Outcomes Study. Each will contribute to research and service provision focused on the early emergence of health disparities due to social and physical environmental exposure and its impact on maternal well-being and infant health. The project aims to characterize the cumulative environment and psychosocial factors impacting maternal well-being and parent-infant relationships, while implementing a stepped-care approach to reduce parental distress and risk for abuse and promote maternal well-being.