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Practice- and community-based research and initiatives

  • The Community Alliance for Research and Engagement (CARE) works to improve health in New Haven among people most impacted by disparities, including Black and Brown communities and low-income populations through collaborative research, practice, and engagement. CARE has a specific focus on addressing risk factors for chronic disease, with a focus on access and barriers to healthy nutrition, physical activity and social determinants of health.
  • The Yale Griffin Prevention Research Center (Y-G PRC) is one of 25 CDC-funded Prevention Research Centers around the country, with its focus on chronic-disease prevention. One of its core projects is assessing implementation, uptake and impact of the virtual delivery of a diabetes prevention program (v-DPP), with support from community health workers and community nurses, in order to improve health in low-income communities in New Haven, Derby and Ansonia, Connecticut. Additionally, the PRC’s long-standing work includes supporting community agencies/organizations, and driving coalitions focused on addressing social determinants of health (e.g., food security) through interventions, evaluation, research and systems change.
  • Globally, the Becoming Breastfeed Friendly initiative works with local communities and health ministries to address policy and infrastructure to promote better maternal child nutrition through breastfeeding.
  • The Samoan Obesity, Lifestyle and Genetic Adaptations Study Group (OLAGA) group is focused on maternal child health and nutrition in Samoa.