Announcement of UConn Collaboratory on School and Child Health Grant Awardees

June 22, 2017

The UConn Collaboratory on School and Child Health (CSCH) is pleased to announce and congratulate the two awardees of our FY2017 seed grant competition. These grants provide funds to investigators to support projects that align with the vision of CSCH to promote an integrated approach to health and learning through collaborations across the components within the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model. They are intended for projects that can lead to innovative external grant applications. Eligible applicants are InCHIP members, with CSCH affiliation. Drs. Amy Mobley and Marlene Schwartz are the recipients of the $10,000 grants.

Dr. Amy Mobley, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, and her co-investigators are studying the impact of local foods on elementary school students’ nutrition behaviors. The first phase of the project will determine the salient reasons that may motivate elementary school students’ to choose to eat local foods in their school. The second phase of the project will involve evaluating a local food procurement intervention on students’ nutrition health behaviors in low socioeconomic schools in Connecticut.

Dr. Marlene Schwartz is Director of the UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity and Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies. She will be creating a WSCC Policy Assessment Tool that captures and scores all of the school policies relevant to the WSCC model. In creating this WSCC tool, she will follow the framework she used to create the already existing Wellness School Assessment Tool (www.WellSAT.org) that measures and scores the strength of school district wellness policies.

We wish to thank all of the applicants for their excellent proposals and the review committee members for their substantial contributions to the seed grant competitions.

Announcement Regarding Biostatistics and Methodology Core

May 31, 2017

We regret to inform you that because of cuts to our operating budget, we are unable to continue our Biostatistics and Methodology Core and will no longer be offering statistical services here at InCHIP. Fortunately, the Statistics Department provides high quality consulting services through their Statistical Consulting Service. This program is directed by Dr. Ming Chen (ming-hui.chen@uconn.edu), and we strongly recommend that you contact him for your statistical needs going forward. You can also request statistical services by filling out their online application that can be found here: http://merlot.stat.uconn.edu/www/consulting/application.html.

We want to thank Tania Huedo-Medina and Eva Yujia Li for their efforts over the past year to organize and manage the Biostatistics and Methodology Core and to support the statistical needs of InCHIP’s many researchers. This was not an easy decision for us to make, but one that was necessitated by our financial situation. We appreciate your understanding.

For more information, please contact Deborah Cornman at deborah.cornman@uconn.edu.

InCHIP Researcher Tania Huedo Medina Featured in UConn Today Video

May 19, 2017

Cuba has had extraordinary success in communicating important health messages around preventing things like HIV, obesity, and addiction to its citizens, but a lagging technological infrastructure has made collecting and storing that data challenging. UConn biostatistics professor Tania Huedo-Medina visits the country regularly, going door to door with health workers there and gathering information that could improve the way we collect health data in the U.S., as well create a system for better analyzing and storing that data in Cuba.

Cross-Cultural and Diversity Inclusiveness Training for Researchers May 18

April 24, 2017

 

InCHIP’s Community-Engaged Health Research Core is very excited to announce that we will be offering a workshop on Cross-Cultural and Diversity Inclusiveness for Researchers.

The training will take place on:

  • Thursday May 18th 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM in Room 204 of the Ryan Building at UConn Storrs.
  • Breakfast will be provided at 8:30 AM (vegetarian/vegan and gluten free options included)
  • Due to the interactive nature of this event, the workshop is limited to 23 people. Reservations are required, so SIGN UP NOW!

This training will help each of us examine our own attitudes and assumptions about individuals and communities who have identities, experiences, and beliefs different from our own. And it will expand the skills that we need to effectively work together with individuals and communities on addressing important public health issues through research.

We are very excited that this training will be provided by Grace Damio, MS CD/N, who is the Director of Research and Training at the Hispanic Health Council In Hartford. She has extensive experience conducting this training, and she has worked for many years with University researchers and with communities in Hartford.

 

The Hispanic Health Council’s Cross-Cultural & Diversity Inclusiveness (CC&DI) Training Program was established in 2003, and has since been tailored to train over 2,000 participants of diverse backgrounds. In 2013-2014, HHC partnered with the Connecticut Hospital Association, St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, University of Connecticut Health Center, The Hospital of Central Connecticut, State of Connecticut Department of Education/Support for Pregnant and Parenting Teens Program, and CT-RI Public Health Training Center at Yale School of Public Health, to train over 500 participants.

Click Here to RSVP!

Please click here for directions to the Ryan building.

Please feel free to contact me (grace.morris@uconn.edu) with any questions or concerns.

 

Team Science Summit May 11th

April 14, 2017

 

InCHIP’s Training and Development Core is very excited to announce that our Team Science Summit will take place on May 11th!

For those unfamiliar with the term, according to the National Cancer Institute “Team science is a collaborative effort to address a scientific challenge that leverages the strengths and expertise of professionals trained in different fields. Although traditional single-investigator driven approaches are ideal for many scientific endeavors, coordinated teams of investigators with diverse skills and knowledge may be especially helpful for studies of complex social problems with multiple causes.”

The event will draw on the expertise of  Dr. Kara Hall,  a Health Scientist, Director of the Science of Team Science (SciTS) Team, and Director of the Theories Initiative in the Health Behaviors Research Branch (HBRB) at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Dr Hall is one of the preeminent leaders in the Science of Team Science field.

The Team Science Summit will take on May 11th and  will consist of:

  • 9AM-12PM Workshop on Strategies in Team Science: Planning for Successful Collaborations. Breakfast will be served. (Maximum 40 participants)
  • 2-3PM Kara Hall: “The Science of Team Science: Enhancing to Improve the Success of Cross-Disciplinary Science” (Keynote)

Both events will take place in Room 204 of the Ryan Building. Please click here for directions to InCHIP.

Click Here to RSVP.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact (grace.morris@uconn.edu).

 

 

Apply for School and Child Health Seed Grants

April 10, 2017

The UConn Collaboratory on School and Child Health is sponsoring a low cost, short duration grant program that promotes research in alignment with the CSCH mission. The CSCH mission is to facilitate innovative and impactful connections across research, policy, and practice arenas relevant to school and child health. Funded through the Provost Academic Plan Competition, CSCH serves as a central resource to university and external partners engaged in efforts that inform healthy, safe, supportive, and engaging environments for all children.

Two awards of up to $10,000 each are available for this seed grant competition. Eligible projects include those aligned with the vision of CSCH to promote an integrated approach to health and learning through collaborations across the components within the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model.

Those interested should review the Call for Applications found here.

Full proposals must be submitted no later than May 26, 2017 at 11:59 pm EDT. By the time of submission, an eligible applicant must be an InCHIP member, with CSCH affiliation. For more information, email us at csch@uconn.edu.

InCHIP PI Linda Pescatello Featured as Member of Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee

The Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee is composed of 17 nationally recognized experts in the fields of physical activity and health. Dr. Linda Pescatello, Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Kinesiology, is a member of the panel and has been featured in a recent blog post. On the Committee, Dr. Pescatello serves as the as a member of the Cardiometabolic Health and Weight Management and Individuals with Chronic Conditions Subcommittees. Click here to read more.