Chelsea Richard

Strategic Impact Manager, South Carolina First Steps to School Readiness
Chapter Member: South Carolina SSN
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About Chelsea

Richard's research focuses on public health surveillance, maternal and child health, disability, substance use, and equity. Richard has expertise in survey development, administration, and analysis. Richard leads data, research, evaluation, and strategic planning at South Carolina First Steps as their Strategic Impact Manager. Richard is an active member of the South Carolina Birth Outcomes Initiative, the State Data Team convened by the Children's Trust of South Carolina, and the League of Women Voters of the Columbia (SC) Area.

In the News

Guest to discuss South Carolina First Steps, COVID-19's Impact on Early Childhood Development on Why Public Health Matters, Chelsea Richard, 2020.
Chelsea Richard quoted on a flying tube of germs, "When 511 Epidemiologists Expect to Fly, Hug and Do 18 Other Everyday Activities Again" The New York Times, June 8, 2020.


"Build It Back Better Survey," December 31, 1969.

Elaborates on how parents and caregivers of young children are the 'unsung heroes' of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Moderating the Effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences to Address Inequities in Tobacco-Related Risk Behaviors" (with Aditi Srivastav, Melissa Strompolis, Colby Kipp, Chelsea L Richard, and James F Thrasher). Health Promot Practice (2020).

Discusses how safe, stable, and nurturing relationships in childhood may provide some protective effect against the impact of adverse childhood experiences on tobacco use in adulthood.

"Factors That Influence Parental Misperception of Their Child’s Actual Weight Status in South Carolina" (with Dana M AlHasan, Charity B Breneman, Chelsea L Lynes , and Kate Callahan-Myrick). Maternal Health Journal 22, no. 7 (2018): 1077-1084.

Discusses the younger a child is the more likely their parent will misperceive their weight.

"Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Health Care Access Are Associated With Adverse Childhood Experiences" (with Aditi Srivastav, Colby Kipp, Melissa Strompolis, and Kellee White ). Journal of Racial Ethnic Health Disparities (2020).

Describes how mitigating the impact of adverse childhood experiences may increase access and utilization of health care among adults.