5210 Research Team

The 5210 Health Messaging Campaign Research Team at the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness
Daniel F. Perkins, Ph.D. Principal Scientist and Founder, Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State; Professor of Family and Youth Resiliency and Policy, Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education; and Courtesy Appointment with Human Development and Family Studies dfp102@psu.edu
Terri L. Rudy, M.P.A. Program Manager, Resource Center for Improving Family Health Behaviors tlr141@psu.edu
Danielle Boyles, M.H.S., C.H.E.S. Research and Evaluation Associate dds148@psu.edu 
Erica Rauff, Ph.D. Research and Evaluation Scientist elr12@psu.edu

About the Developers

The 5210 Healthy Military Children and 5210 Healthy Children campaigns were conceived and developed through collaboration between the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy (MC&FP) and the Resource Center for Improving Family Health Behaviors within the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness (Clearinghouse) Penn State.

MC&FP is responsible for programs and policies that support community quality of life for service members and their families worldwide. The Clearinghouse was established to assist professionals who work with Military Families by promoting and supporting (1) the use of research-based decision-making; (2) the selection, dissemination, and implementation of evidence-based programs and practices; (3) the evaluation of programs and the identification and creation of measures and metrics; and (4) the continued education of professionals assisting Military Families. Within the Clearinghouse, the Resource Center for Improving Family Health Behaviors provides insight and solutions on matters related to health promotion and obesity prevention.

MC&FP approached the Resource Center for Improving Family Health Behaviors after identifying a need for evidence-informed strategies that would promote child health and that could be disseminated to a variety of military community members and across a range of military community settings. The Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 program in Maine provided an excellent model of a community-wide initiative to improve child health behaviors; it was from this model that 5210 Healthy Military Children was adapted to a military setting. Throughout this process, MC&FP offered guidance about the needs of military communities, and researchers, at the Resource Center for Improving Family Health Behaviors, developed materials to meet those needs. In addition, 5210 Healthy Children materials provide the same resources for non-military settings.

In addition to the current research team listed above, we would like to acknowledge the original development team of Jennifer DiNallo, Ph.D., Darcy Güngör, M.S., Ryan Rosendale, Ph.D., Christina Diaz, M.B.A., Crista Hankey, and Daniel F. Perkins, Ph.D.