InCHIP GIS Workshop November 15th 12:30-2:30 PM

October 11, 2017

Led by Dr. Debs Ghosh (Department of Geography), the workshop will cover public use GIS data, basic GIS functioning, and training resources.

  • When: November 15th, 2017 from 12″30-2:30 PM
  • Where: Colloquium Room (room 14),  J.Ray Ryan Building, Storrs Campus

Lunch will be served.

Space is limited, RSVP today! 

To RSVP please click here.

InCHIP Lecture Series: Sara Bleich 11/16/17

September 29, 2017

Please join us for our next event in the 2017-2018 InCHIP Lecture Series!

“Philadelphia Beverage Tax: Early Data on Price and Consumption”

Sara Bleich, PhD
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Thursday, November 16, 2017
12:30 – 1:30pm

To attend this lecture, please RSVP

Sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) taxes are gaining momentum. Berkeley passed the nation’s first SSB tax in 2014 followed by Philadelphia in 2016. Since then, seven new SSB laws have passed across the U.S. with more likely in the near future Taxing SSBs is considered by many to be a promising public health response to the obesity epidemic. SSBs are strongly linked with obesity (more so than any other food or beverage group), are a risk factor for a variety of diseases such as type 2 diabetes, are the largest source of added sugar in the U.S. diet, and have no nutritional value. This presentation will cover the preliminary results from the evaluation of the SSB tax in Philly – one of the largest SSB taxes to pass to date. It will specifically focus on the influence of the Philadelphia beverage tax on beverage prices and sales.

Co-Sponsored By:

  • UConn Allied Health Sciences
  • UConn Center for Environmental Health and Health Promotion
  • UConn College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • UConn Department of Communication
  • UConn Department of Human Development and Family Studies
  • UConn Department of Molecular and Cell Biology
  • UConn Department of Nutritional Sciences
  • UConn School of Business
  • UConn School of Medicine

Location
For directions and maps, see directions to InCHIP.  Accessibility: elevator available in the building lobby on the ground floor.

Livestream Access
View the live stream of the lecture via the InCHIP website, or view it later in our archives.

Questions:  lectureseries@chip.uconn.edu.

About the InCHIP Lecture Series
The InCHIP Lecture Series provides an invaluable forum for researchers – at InCHIP, throughout the UConn community and beyond – to learn about new work in development by leading figures in health behavior change. The InCHIP Lecture Series also provides a venue for researchers to share late-breaking findings and identify emerging trends in health behavior research. For the current semester schedule, visit InCHIP 2017 – 2018 Lecture Series.

 

InCHIP Lecture Series: William H. George 11/2/17

Please join us for our next event in the 2017-2018 InCHIP Lecture Series!

“‘Heat of the Moment’ Experiments: Mediators and Moderators of the Alcohol and Sex Risk Link”

William H. George, PhD
University of Washington
Thursday, November 2, 2017
12:30 – 1:30pm

To attend this lecture, please RSVP

Sexual risk taking, particularly condom nonuse, contributes to HIV/STI transmission. Basic science research has linked alcohol causally with sexual risk taking. Heat-of-the-Moment experiments analogizing condom use decisions and examining mediators and moderators of the alcoholsexual-risk link will be described. Findings indicate that sexual arousal and myopic attention play mediating roles. Also, sexual victimization history seems to exert an important background influence on women’s sexual risk taking, mediated by women’s responses to and perceptions of a partner. Implications for theory, intervention, and future research are discussed.

Co-Sponsored By:

  • UConn Alcohol Research Center
  • UConn Allied Health Sciences
  • UConn Center for Environmental Health and Health Promotion
  • UConn College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • UConn Department of Communication
  • UConn Department of Human Development and Family Studies
  • UConn Department of Psychiatry
  • UConn School of Business
  • UConn School of Medicine

Location
For directions and maps, see directions to InCHIP.  Accessibility: elevator available in the building lobby on the ground floor.

Livestream
View the livestream of the lecture via the InCHIP website, or view it later in our archives.

Questions:  lectureseries@chip.uconn.edu.

About the InCHIP Lecture Series
The InCHIP Lecture Series provides an invaluable forum for researchers – at InCHIP, throughout the UConn community and beyond – to learn about new work in development by leading figures in health behavior change. The InCHIP Lecture Series also provides a venue for researchers to share late-breaking findings and identify emerging trends in health behavior research. For the current semester schedule, visit InCHIP 2017 – 2018 Lecture Series.

 

 

InCHIP Lecture and Workshop: Rosalie Corona 10/26/17

Join us for two special events on October 26, 2017!

Rosalie Corona, PhD
Virginia Commonwealth University
Thursday October 26, 2017

Lecture: 12:30-1:30 pm   
RSVP for this lecture
“Engaging Families and Communities to Promote Health”
Many cities and towns across the US are experiencing “emerging” Latina/o communities, comprised of both native US citizens and immigrants. Latina/os are becoming the largest, as well as the youngest, ethnic group in the US. Research on Latina/o youth and young adults often requires regular engagement and collaboration among numerous agencies and organizations, as well as community members. This presentation will provide an overview of strategies for engaging community partners and families in research focused on Latina/o youth adjustment. The presentation will also provide anecdotal illustrations of how research with emerging Latina/o communities can be successfully implemented and can provide a springboard for the translation of research to clinical practice.

Workshop: 3:00 – 4:00pm
RSVP for this workshop
“Adapting Evidence-Based Health Interventions for Working with Latina/os”
Latina/os are the largest minority group in the United States yet this group experiences significant health disparities. The current workshop will provide an overview of strategies used in adapting evidence-based prevention and treatment interventions as applied among two diverse Latina/o samples: (a) mental health treatment for Latina/os and (b) family cancer assessment and communication intervention among Latina women and families. Cultural adaptation involves a number of issues such as conceptualizing culture and context, selecting a framework and level of adaptation, identifying core intervention components, involving the target population and identifying factors impacting cultural relevance and adaptation mismatch. These issues will be addressed as they pertain to Latina/os, with an emphasis on strategies for navigating the conflict between maintaining fidelity to the original intervention and adapting the intervention to meet the needs of the cultural group.

Lecture Co-Sponsored By:

  • UConn Allied Health Sciences
  • UConn Center for Environmental Health and Health Promotion
  • UConn Center for the Study of Culture, Health and Human Development
  • UConn College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • UConn Department of Communication
  • UConn Department of Kinesiology
  • UConn Health Disparities Institute
  • UConn Department of Human Development and Family Studies
  • UConn School of Business
  • UConn School of Medicine
  • UConn School of Pharmacy
  • UConn School of Social Work

Location
For directions and maps, see directions to InCHIP.  Accessibility: elevator available in the building lobby on the ground floor.

Livestream
View the livestream of the lecture via the InCHIP website, or view it later in our archives.

Questions:  lectureseries@chip.uconn.edu.

About the InCHIP Lecture Series
The InCHIP Lecture Series provides an invaluable forum for researchers – at InCHIP, throughout the UConn community and beyond – to learn about new work in development by leading figures in health behavior change. The InCHIP Lecture Series also provides a venue for researchers to share late-breaking findings and identify emerging trends in health behavior research. For the current semester schedule, visit InCHIP 2017 – 2018 Lecture Series.

 

InCHIP Grant Writing Boot Camp Begins 9/18

August 29, 2017

We are happy to announce that InCHIP’s Training and Development Core will be holding a year-long Grant Writing Boot Camp. The Boot Camp will begin on Monday, September 18th from 12-1PM and will consist of 10 sessions across the academic year.

All ten sessions will take place on Mondays from 12-1PM on the following dates:

Fall Semester

  • 9/18
  • 10/2
  • 10/16
  • 10/30
  • 12/4

Spring Semester

  • 1/29
  • 2/12
  • 3/5
  • Individual Meetings*
  • 4/9

*In the interim between 3/5 and 4/9 we will hold meetings between participants and grant writing experts who will give them feedback on their proposal as it stands at that point.

Who should attend: This series is designed for faculty who conduct health-related research. Faculty who want to pursue external funding and who are committed to writing a grant proposal during this academic year are encouraged to participate.

What to expect: With structured guidance, over the course of the year you will write the various sections of your grant and receive feedback from fellow participants and InCHIP investigators with grant writing expertise. By the end of the 10-session Boot Camp, you will have a solid grant proposal that is ready to be submitted to an external agency.

To join the Grant Writing Boot Camp, CLICK HERE

Note: If you have grant writing experience and would be interested in participating as a reviewer, please contact (grace.morris@uconn.edu) or Amy Gorin (amy.gorin@uconn.edu).

UConn CSCH Encore Conference – Details Announced (Monday, September 18, 2017)

August 17, 2017

 

Dear InCHIP Affiliates,

The first annual UConn Collaboratory on School and Child Health Encore Conference will be held at the Lyceum Conference Center in Hartford on Monday, September 18, 2017, from 4-6 p.m.

The CSCH Encore conference provides an opportunity for participants to learn about work related to school and/or child health that affiliates have presented previously at an external conference. The event will include a poster “encore” session (meaning presenters share work they have already presented in another setting) and active networking. There will be a special opportunity to participate in an on-the-spot seed grant competition for up to $8,000. Refreshments will be provided.

The event is open to all people that are CSCH affiliates (faculty, postdocs, students, community partners) by the time of the event. If you plan to attend, please complete this registration form no later than Wednesday, September 6, 2017.

If you would like to submit a poster presentation, you must complete the registration form and indicate that you would like to present a poster by the due date. We have up to 40 spaces available for posters, which will be accepted on a first come basis. Posters must be no larger than 24” (height) by 36” (width).

We look forward to seeing you at the event!

Helene

Have trouble with the registration link above? Just copy and paste this link into your browser: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe9RAvWs-RpGqbunzJv1J4nToa3p43yvqCZTj1xlsfoFanNsg/viewform?usp=sf_link

____________________

Helene M. Marcy
helene.marcy@uconn.edu
Project Manager, NEEDs2 Project (www.needs2.org)
Program Manager, UConn Collaboratory on School and Child Health
www.csch.uconn.edu ▪ @UConnCSCH
University of Connecticut

Drs. Sherry Pagoto and Molly Waring from the University of Massachusetts Medical School to join InCHIP and the Department of Allied Health Sciences

July 12, 2017

InCHIP is pleased to announce that Drs. Sherry Pagoto and Molly Waring from the University of Massachusetts Medical School will be joining InCHIP and the Department of Allied Health Sciences at UConn in the fall.

Sherry Pagoto, PhD

Dr. Pagoto, a licensed clinical psychologist, is an international leader in digital health with over 160 published articles on topics related to the prevention of chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. She is the president-elect of the Society of Behavioral Medicine and is a respected advocate for health promotion and science communication with over 20,000 followers on Twitter. Dr. Pagoto’s research is funded by the National Institutes of Health and she brings over $6 million in grant funding to UConn including projects exploring ways to leverage social media and mobile apps for health behavior change. At InCHIP, Dr. Pagoto will be the Director of the UConn Center for mHealth and Social Media.The Center, located at InCHIP on the second floor of the Ray Ryan Building on the Storrs campus, will have a staff of 7 and will provide consultation to researchers on research design, recruitment, and data analyses for mHealth and online social networking studies, assist researchers in getting their mobile health apps and online intervention content developed, and provide training opportunities for faculty and staff in mHealth and social media. Dr. Pagoto will be Professor in the Department of Allied Health Sciences in College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources, where she will teach, advise and play an active role in the Health Promotion Sciences graduate program.

Molly Waring, PhD

Joining Dr. Pagoto is Dr. Molly Waring, an epidemiologist with a focus on technology-based weight management interventions for women who are pregnant or of child-bearing age. Dr. Waring was recently awarded a 3-year R34 from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute to develop and pilot test a Facebook-delivered weight loss intervention in postpartum women. Dr. Waring will become Assistant Professor in the Department of Allied Health Sciences in the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources, where she will be active in teaching, conducting research, and advising, as well as contribute to the graduate program in Health Promotion Sciences.

The hiring of Drs. Pagoto and Waring and the creation of the UConn Center for mHealth and Social Media reflects InCHIP’s commitment to conducting world-class research in health promotion and greatly enhances UConn investigators’ ability to develop and test innovative mhealth interventions. Drs. Pagoto and Waring will both be active in InCHIP’s existing ehealth/mhealth Research Interest Group.

Please join us at our annual meeting on September 28th to welcome Drs. Pagoto and Waring and to learn more about the new Center for mHealth and Social Media.

From the Director

Dear InCHIP Affiliates, Staff, and Friends:

Jeff FisherYou may have heard that Vice President for Research Jeff Seemann announced recently (see below) that I will be retiring from UConn, effective August 22, 2018. We chose to announce my retirement well in advance to ensure a well-timed search for my successor, a smooth transition, and time to begin the planning process to assure InCHIP’s future success.

The announcement includes some nice things about my research career and about InCHIP’s accomplishments since it began in 2002. My research accomplishments have been a team effort. My NIH-supported HIV prevention research involved a wonderful twenty-five year collaboration with Dr. Bill Fisher, who happens to be my brother. Other long-term collaborators Drs. Deborah Cornman and Rivet Amico were important contributors for many years, as were many outstanding post-docs, graduate students, and professional employees.

Our success at InCHIP is due to a remarkable team of associate directors (Drs. Deborah Cornman and Amy Gorin), a “world-class” group of highly productive research faculty, and many dedicated and highly skilled professional employees. We have also had wonderful support from all levels of the University. The UConn administration has assured us that InCHIP will remain a high priority, as evidenced, in part, by their decision to launch a national search for my successor during challenging budgetary times. The search is, of course, also open to internal candidates. I am confident that what we have accomplished at InCHIP is just the beginning of an exciting future for the Institute.

Starting and directing InCHIP has been one of the highest privileges of my professional life. I am grateful to the University for giving us such a remarkable opportunity. I look forward to the next thirteen months as Director, and to working with you all, as we continue to encourage people, in many different contexts, to achieve their healthiest lives.

All the very best,

Jeffrey D. Fisher, Ph.D
Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Psychological Sciences
Director, Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy
(InCHIP)
University of Connecticut
Storrs, Connecticut 06269

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Health Geographer Debarchana Ghosh and Student Mengyao Zhang Use GIS Mapping to Explore the Impact of Supermarket “Redlining” on Healthy Food Access in Hartford

June 30, 2017

By Loretta Waldman

Spatial Distribution of Supermarket Redlining Model (SuRIM)

“Redlining” is the illegal discriminatory practice of denying services to residents of certain areas based on the racial or ethnic composition of those areas, and it is most commonly associated with the banking, insurance, and real estate industries. In a less common use of the concept, InCHIP Principal Investigator Debarchana Ghosh, PhD (Geography) and her graduate student Mengyao Zhang, examined how “supermarket redlining” has limited the access that residents of Hartford’s low-income neighborhoods have to fresh nutritious foods.

“Supermarket redlining” is a term used to describe a phenomenon where major chain supermarkets are disinclined to locate their stores in inner cities or low-income neighborhoods and move their existing stores out of those locations and relocate them to suburbs. The reasons for supermarket redlining are many and varied including lower demand; the higher cost of urban land, labor, and utilities; lower profit margins associated with perishable foods; the risk of theft in inner cities; the challenge of finding locations big enough to accommodate a new building of 50,000 square feet or more; and competition from other investments, such as the plan for a new $60 million baseball stadium that the city of Hartford chose to pursue instead of a new grocery store at the same location.

Ghosh and Zhang used a combination of quantitative data analysis and Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping technology to study the relationship between geography or “location” and healthy food access in Hartford. They chose to study this practice because there is limited empirical data on the health impact of supermarket redlining. The findings from this study were published in 2016 in Transactions in GIS, and according to Dr. Ghosh, it is the first study to use potential spatial supermarket “redlining” as an indicator of risk for food insecurity and “food deserts” (locations where affordable and healthy food is difficult to access).

Rather than focus on a particular racial or ethnic group, Ghosh and Zhang examined all low-income people with limited access to affordable healthy food in Hartford. The primary focus of their research was on the spatial segregation or discrimination caused by chain supermarkets either closing or relocating to the suburbs. Ghosh and Zhang first calculated a “Supermarket Redlining Index” (SuRI) from five indicators to rank supermarkets in order of importance. These indicators included sales volume, employee count, acceptance of food coupons from the SNAP and WIC government assistance programs, and the size and population density of the service area. To understand the effects of supermarket closures, they next built a Supermarket Redlining Impact Model (SuRIM) using 11 indicators describing both socioeconomic and food access vulnerabilities, the interaction of which identified neighborhoods maximally impacted by spatial supermarket redlining.

The results of the study mapped critical areas of inner city Hartford where, if a nearby supermarket were to close down or relocate to the suburbs, large numbers of minority poor and disadvantaged residents would have difficulty accessing food, leading to food insecurity and perhaps a food desert. “These are the areas in the northwest of the city, basically upper downtown and north of downtown,” Dr. Ghosh explained, “…that are really critical in terms of becoming food deserts. We found out there will be a real problem in terms of accessing nutritious food and that efforts will be needed to reduce the impact of larger supermarket closures.” According to a Federal Government survey, there has been a steady rise in the percentage of households in Connecticut with food insecurity, from 7.6% in 2000-2002 to 13.4% in 2010-2012. Of those households, 36.6 percent were considered at a critical level of food insecurity. In Harford, 11 of the city’s 13 supermarkets – 85% – left the city between 1968 and 1984, and few supermarkets have opened to replace them.

Residents that live in neighborhoods where there is a cluster of large supermarkets in close proximity are less vulnerable to food insecurity when a supermarket closes or relocates, but these neighborhoods tend to be more affluent suburban neighborhoods (e.g., northwest of West Hartford, Newington, south of Wethersfield). In low-income neighborhoods, there are few supermarket options, so when a supermarket closes, only those residents who have the resources to travel the extra miles to an alternate supermarket are less vulnerable to food insecurity. Given that supermarket chains are unlikely to invest in opening new stores in these areas, mitigation efforts to minimize food insecurity and relative negative health outcomes are critical.  Ghosh and Zhang’s recommendations for improving access in these neighborhoods include investing more in fresh food stocks at the existing local medium- to small-sized grocery stores and corner stores, and encouraging more urban farms and community gardens to increase options for healthy foods for at least a few months of the year.

Study Suggests Weight Loss Outcomes Improve when Participants Increase Breakfast Eating but Not Eating Frequency

By Loretta Waldman

The interplay between breakfast eating, eating frequency, and long-term weight loss was the focus of a recent study by Associate Professor of Allied Health Sciences and InCHIP Principal Investigator Tricia Leahey, PhD. In a paper published in January 2017 in the Journal of Behavioral Medicine, Dr. Leahey and her co-authors shared the results of a two-year study suggesting that increasing breakfast eating while simultaneously reducing or maintaining eating frequency, may influence weight management outcomes.

Their findings built on previous research that looked at breakfast eating alone in connection with weight loss. What makes this study novel is that it simultaneously examines breakfast eating and  frequency of food consumption.  “These two areas haven’t spoken to each other much,” explained Dr. Leahey, Principal Investigator of the study. “Breakfast eating has been one body of work, and eating frequency has been another. This is the first study that looks at both in concert to see if they interact with one another.”

Dr. Leahey specializes in obesity research with a focus on lifestyle interventions, including behavioral strategies to promote healthy eating, reduce caloric intake, and increase physical activity. Her collaborators on this study were Rena Wing, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University, and Maureen Megson, an UConn undergraduate Honors student who graduated in 2016 and is first author on this paper.

This study was part of a larger trial, on which Dr. Leahey is the Principal Investigator, examining the effects of adding behavioral weight loss strategies to Shape Up Rhode Island (SURI). SURI is a statewide exercise and weight loss program founded in 2005 by Rajiv Kumar, MD that uses teamwork and peer support to increase healthy behavior. A total of 230 study participants were recruited for the trial through local employers and mass media; eligibility was based on age, body mass index and other criteria. Participants were randomly assigned to one of three invention conditions for a period of three months: (1) SURI alone, (2) SURI and an Internet behavioral weight loss program, or (3) SURI, an Internet behavioral weight loss program, and optional group meetings.

This study examined the effects of breakfast eating and total eating frequency on baseline Body Mass Index (BMI) and weight loss outcomes in adults with overweight or obesity who were seeking weight loss treatment. The results revealed that breakfast eating during treatment was significantly associated with better weight loss outcomes. More specifically, those who achieved the 5 percent NIH benchmark for a clinically meaningful weight loss during treatment had greater increases in breakfast eating compared to those who did not achieve this benchmark. Additionally, among participants who increased breakfast eating, those who had either no change or a decrease in total daily eating frequency (meals plus snacks) were more likely to achieve a 5 percent weight loss compared to those who had an increase in total daily eating frequency.

The findings are consistent with previous trials showing breakfast eating improves weight loss outcomes and with findings of the National Weight Control Registry demonstrating that breakfast eating is an important behavior for successful long-term weight control. They are also consistent with other studies that found no evidence that frequency of food consumption alone has an effect on overall weight loss outcomes.

This study opens up some novel areas for future research, according to Dr. Leahey, and underscores the importance of taking eating frequency variables into consideration when prescribing breakfast eating.  “The research on the effects of breakfast eating on weight loss outcomes has been somewhat mixed. This study suggests that we may get more consistent results that are more conclusive, if we take into consideration frequency of eating when it comes to breakfast eating. Instead of only suggesting people eat breakfast more often, it’s also important to tell them to keep an eye on overall intake, so it doesn’t increase as well. So add in the breakfast, take out a snack or just make sure you’re not adding in extra meal times.”

The findings from this study are very relevant to research that Dr. Leahey is now doing with young adults, aged 18 to 25. Young adults tend to engage in several negative health behaviors, such as drinking, regularly eating fast food, and skipping breakfast, all of which contribute to weight gain and may adversely affect weight management efforts. The results from Dr. Leahey’s adult breakfast eating study could inform weight management strategies that are suggested to young adults.