The Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, recently ranked as one of the nation’s most effective nonprofits working on nutrition and obesity prevention policy, moved to UConn from Yale University in January. The Rudd Center’s work is widely used both by policy makers and health advocates.
UConn HOPES (Health Outcomes, Policy, and Evidence Synthesis Group), an interdisciplinary research collaborative led by two School of Pharmacy faculty members, recently received a five-year contract to serve as one of 13 Evidence-based Practice Centers nationwide supported by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. UConn HOPES helps healthcare professionals make more informed decisions by sifting through the latest research and recommending the best treatment options, based strictly on its analysis of the scientific evidence. Reports produced by evidence-based practice centers around the country are used by the federal Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services in making health coverage decisions that affect millions of patients nationwide. National medical, nursing, and pharmacy organizations also use the reports to set guidelines for treatment and care.
Collaboratory on School and Child Health (CSCH) utilizes and expands upon the CDC Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model which identifies the necessity of collaboration across education and health sectors to accomplish child well-being. CSCH acknowledges the interrelated contributors to child well-being across multiple systems and disciplines, embraces an ecological systems framework, and integrates the extant influences of culture, health care disparities and the social determinants of health on children’s outcomes. Taken together, CSCH research informs coordinated policy, processes, and practices connected with the 10 components of coordinated school health.
The UConn Biosensor Center for Health, Intervention, and Prevention (Bio-CHIP) is the first academic center of its kind worldwide, housing the development and application of biosensor-based e-health technologies. The goal of BioCHIP is to integrate biosensor technologies into the research of the established Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP) to prevent and manage obesity and associated metabolic disorders through “biological-behavioral” intervention packages.
By situating these three centers within InCHIP – with its mission to create and broadly disseminate new scientific knowledge in health behavior, behavior change, prevention, and intervention and with its proven track record of fostering successful interdisciplinary research collaborations – the University maximizes its capacity to respond to some of the nation and world’s most vexing health issues with interdisciplinary team science approaches.
InCHIP’s mission and goals – as do those of The Rudd Center and UConn HOPES – align neatly with UConn’s Academic Vision, which prioritizes health and wellness research as an integral part of the University’s mission.