KDH Research & Communication (KDHRC) constructs and evaluates public programs. Their mission is to produce and disseminate creative, objective, and timely information to improve the health and well-being of the nation's youth, families, and communities.
KDHRC has a broad portfolio of grants and contracts from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Cancer Institute, and other agencies and organizations. They use this funding to work in our four program areas:
• Drug Abuse Education and Prevention: Investigates emerging trends in substance abuse and measures the effectiveness of social marketing, universal school-based prevention, and science education as methods to reach youth with persuasive information on the risks of illicit drug use.
• Latino Health: Explores optimal methods for community-based organizations to deliver health education to Latinos, approaches to bridge Latino families with formalized medical systems, and ways to decrease barriers to health care in this vulnerable population.
• Vulnerable Populations: Develops, evaluates, and disseminates programs to improve the health and quality of life of children with special needs and their families, underserved communities, and other vulnerable populations.
• Organizational Studies: Identifies and studies strategies for public institutions and nonprofit organizations to deliver health and social services effectively.
Their record of successful partnerships, completed programs, and published research demonstrates positive change in communities nationwide. Founded in 2006 by Dr. Kristen D. Holtz, KDHRC has a long history of successful programs with multiple funders.