Author: Aaron Plotke

Community-Academic Networking Event on May 11th

| Healthy Communities Through Research: Fostering Equitable Community-Academic Partnerships |

  • When: Friday, May 11, 2018 from 12:00 to 3pm
  • Where: Hartford Public Library, 500 Main Street, Hartford, CT
  • Who: For community organizations and academic researchers interested in community-engaged research.

This event is free, but registration is required.

Upcoming HIV Research Interest Group Programming

We are pleased to announce InCHIP’s HIV Research Interest Group Programming for 2018!
Please check back frequently, additional events and programs may be forthcoming

Past Events:


Christopher Gordon, PhD
Date: Monday, April 30, 2018
Time: 10:00am – 11:30am

“Spring Webinar to Discuss NIH Funding Priorities in HIV Prevention Science”
In this webinar, Christopher Gordon, Branch Chief of the Division of AIDS Research at the National Institute of Mental Health, will outline NIH’s funding priorities in HIV Prevention Science. This will include a review of current and future funding opportunities as well as identifying future trends in the world of HIV Research. The format will be composed of a 45-minute presentation with a 15-20 minute interactive Q&A session to follow.


William Darrow, PhD
Date: Thursday, March 29, 2018
Time: 1:45pm – 3:15pm

“From Patient 0 to Getting to Zero — A Brief History of the AIDS Epidemic”
With the announcement of “highly active” anti-retroviral therapy (HAART) in 1996, the focus of HIV prevention efforts and federal funding in the United States shifted from the promotion of “safer sex” and ABC (Abstinence, Be faithful, and use a Condom) messaging for behavior change to programs predicated on conceptualizations of “treatment as prevention,” “high-impact [biomedical] interventions,” and “pre-” and “post-exposure prophylaxis.” Policies and programs turned away from the community mobilization model of a “new public health” as outlined in the Ottawa Charter (1986) and implemented through “community planning” by state and local health departments in the mid-1990s towards a narrowly defined but politically more practical—and palatable—biomedical model for the 21st century. This roundtable discussion is meant to be provocative by reviewing the post-HAART history of the AIDS epidemic in the United States, plausible explanations for the more recent turn of events, and the effectiveness of HIV-prevention programs.


David Fiellin, M.D.
Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Time: 12:00pm – 1:30pm

“Is It Harder to Change Patient or Provider Behavior?: Lessons for Addiction and HIV Research from Implementation Science”
This talk will provide an overview and introduction to Implementation Science. This will be followed by a discussion of examples of ongoing Implementation Science research studies addressing substance use in HIV clinics and untreated opioid use disorder in Emergency Departments. Finally, the talk will discuss opportunities for training, partnership and research collaboration through the New England HIV Implementation Science Network.


Lisa Eaton, PhD
Date: Thursday, January 25, 2018
Time: 2:00 – 3:00pm

“Roundtable Discussion: Ideas for Stigma Intervention Development”
Although it is acknowledged that stigma serves as a barrier to beneficial health outcomes, there are few developed and available interventions to address stigma. At this roundtable discussion, we will review different intervention points for stigma (e.g., individual, group, community, structural) and different intervention models for delivering stigma focused content.

InCHIP Intervention Core Workshops (2017-2018)

We are pleased to announce InCHIP’s Intervention Core Workshops for 2017-2018!
Please check back frequently, additional workshops may be forthcoming

Upcoming Workshops:


William A. Fisher, PhD
Western University London, Ontario, Canada / UConn
Thursday, April 26, 2018
Time: 1:45pm – 3:15pm

RSVP for this workshop
“What’s a Nice Scientist Like You Doing in a Place Like This? Behavioral Science and the Design of Clinical Trials in Sexual Medicine”
This workshop will discuss, with participants, two decades of clinical trial design and interpretation in the area of sexual psychopharmacology, including the development of sexual performance enhancing drugs such as Levitra (PDE5 inhibitors) and Addyi (flibanserin).


Completed Workshops: 


Lisa Butler, PhD
Monday, April 23, 2018
Time: 11:30 – 2:00pm

“Participatory Methods for Developing Health-Promotion Media and Materials for Low-Literacy Populations”
Drawing from methods Dr. Butler has used in intervention studies in sub-Saharan Africa, participants will be led through a rapid process of developing and producing health-promotion media and materials for use as part of intervention studies and/or health promotion programs. This will be a hands-on workshop in which participants will be asked to work in small groups based on expertise / areas of interest (e.g., HIV, nutrition, substance use, etc). When indicating plans to attend, please indicate your area of expertise/interest.


Guy S. Parcel, PhD
University of Texas School of Public Health
Monday, April 2, 2018
Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm

“Introduction to Intervention Mapping”
Intervention Mapping (IM) is a series of steps to help health promotion and health education planners develop theory- and evidence-based programs and logic models. Studies show that larger effect sizes are achieved when interventions are based on theory. However, no one theoretical model completely predicts or explains health behaviors or environmental changes. Therefore, a system is needed to help intervention developers choose useful theories and integrate relevant theoretical constructs to develop health promotion and health education solutions. This hands-on workshop will include presentations and examples for the steps of IM and individual and group work to apply IM to participants’ own projects.


David Sherman, PhD
University of California, Santa Barbara
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Time: 2:30 – 3:30pm

“Using Affirmation to Improve the Efficacy of Health Promotion Interventions”
In this workshop, I will review self-affirmation theory and discuss conditions where self-affirming activities, such as writing about values, can promote positive health outcomes. Key outcomes include increased acceptance of health-relevant information, more healthful intentions and behaviors, and stress reduction (for reviews see Cohen & Sherman, 2014; Epton & Harris, 2009, 2010; for meta-analyses see Sweeney & Moyer, 2015; Epton, Harris, Kane, van Koningsbruggen, & Sheeran, 2015). I will describe a variety of self-affirmation implementations that have been used in different lab and field settings. Self-affirmation studies have been conducted in contexts such as hospitals and medical clinics, on cigarette labels and as part of health brochures, via the internet, and while undergoing fMRI. Key issues to be addressed include how to determine whether affirmation is appropriate to incorporate as part of a health intervention program and how to tailor an affirmation for different research contexts and samples.


Rosalie Corona, PhD
Virginia Commonwealth University
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Time: 3:00 – 4:00pm

“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.

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


Have trouble with the registration link above? Just copy and paste this link into your browser:


Helene M. Marcy
Project Manager, NEEDs2 Project (
Program Manager, UConn Collaboratory on School and Child Health ▪ @UConnCSCH
University of Connecticut