The FCHIP Team

Craig Garfield, MD, MAPP

Attending Physician, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Professor of Pediatrics (Hospital-Based Medicine) and Medical Social Sciences, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Craig Garfield, MD, introduced the Family & Child Health Innovations Program in 2020 as a way to improve child health outcomes by understanding of the roles of parents in a wide variety of family contexts, and identifying how to enhance parental contributions to children’s health and development.

Dr. Garfield is a Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Medical Social Science at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and an attending physician at Ann & Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.  He focuses on child health within the context of the family, with an emphasis on the social influencers of health, the role of fathers and special attention to the ability of technology to support parenting.

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Clarissa Simon, PhD, MPH

Research Scientist, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

Clarissa Simon, PhD, MPH, is a health scientist with an educational background in epidemiology, child development, social physiology, neuropsychology, and social policy. Her research interests include family health and contexts, parental stress, and biological correlates of parenting behaviors during the transition to parenthood. While not working as the research coordinator for FCHIP, she is a devoted mother to three children, ranging in age from toddler to teen.




Darielle Sherrod, MPH

Research Program Manager, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

Darielle is a Chicago native with extensive experience in the public health field. Darielle completed her Master of Public Health at DePaul University and her Bachelor of Arts in Public Health, Sociology and Communication Studies at Augustana College. She joined Lurie Children’s and FCHIP in January 2023. Darielle is a dedicated public health professional with experience in investigative and community-based research and evaluation, grant writing, health promotion, community engagement, and developing and managing research and community health projects, interventions, and programs. Darielle is passionate and committed to paying it forward, striving towards social justice, health equity and wellness to eliminate inequities and health disparities for underserved and low-income families. Darielle is excited to continue her passion here at Lurie Children’s. She hopes to continue to grow in her career by later pursuing her Doctorate in Public Health (DrPH) and receiving a Program Management Professional (PMP) Certificate.


Candace Jarzombek, MPH

Behaviorial Research Coordinator II, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

Candace Jarzombek, MPH, is passionate about advancing child health and family wellbeing through trauma-informed and equity-centered approaches. She earned a Master of Public Health with certificates in Community Health and Maternal and Child Health from Boston University. Candace has experience supporting state maternal and child health agencies through program planning, evaluation, and technical assistance. She joined Lurie Children’s and FCHIP in August 2023, and enjoys collaborating with the FCHIP team and state maternal and child health leaders to learn more about the role fathers play in their children’s health.