Author: John Giardina

Announcement of UConn Collaboratory on School and Child Health Grant Awardees

The UConn Collaboratory on School and Child Health (CSCH) is pleased to announce and congratulate the two awardees of our FY17 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 were 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 ( 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

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 (, 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:

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

InCHIP Researcher Tania Huedo Medina Featured in UConn Today Video

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.

Apply for School and Child Health Seed Grants

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

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.

3/23 – InCHIP Lecture and PCORI Webinar

Please see below for a link to join the PCORI Webinar!

RSVP for the Lecture and Webinar here.

Fortinsky-PCORI Event_Flyer

Access to PCORI Webinar
The PCORI Webinar will be available online and in the InCHIP Colloquium Room (Room 14, J. Ray Ryan Building). To view the PCORI Webinar online, please click here for the livestream video. If you would like to join the conference call line instead, please dial 415-655-0002, and join the meeting with the access code 647-696-588. (Please note that, unfortunately, this conference call line is not toll-free.)

This lecture is co-sponsored by:

InCHIP PI John Christensen Featured in UConn Today

Video games as research? It’s happening at UConn. John Christensen, Assistant Professor of Communication, shows us how. Dr. Christensen is using digital media to improve health behaviors relating to a wide variety of health domains, including nutrition, substance use, and HIV prevention. In addition to video games, his work has featured virtual reality and artificially intelligent virtual humans.

InCHIP Lecture 1/26: Sheana Bull, PhD, MPH

Please join us for our next event in the Fall 2016 InCHIP Lecture Series!

"Innovations in Technology for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention: The mHealth Impact Lab


Sheana Bull, PhD, MPH
University of Colorado, Aurora
Thursday, January 26, 2017
12:30 – 1:30pm

About the Speaker: Dr. Sheana Bull directs the mHealth Impact Laboratory at the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus. In the past 20 years, Dr. Bull has participated in 17 research studies related to mobile and digital health serving as PI on seven of these. She has produced 50 peer-reviewed manuscripts specifically related to mobile and digital health methods, theory and study outcomes since 2007, and authored a textbook on the development and evaluation of mobile health. In the three years since the mHealth Impact Laboratory was established, she has overseen five clinical trials to establish acceptability and preliminary efficacy for programs related to vaccinations for human papilloma virus, supporting initiation and sustainability of breast feeding, text messages for teen pregnancy prevention, an app for trauma surgeons to improve care delivery and promotion of parent child interaction for 12-18 month old child development.

Co-Sponsored By:
UConn Allied Health Sciences
UConn Center for Environmental Health and Health Promotion
UConn Center for Public Health and Health Policy
UConn College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
UConn Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science
UConn Department of Communication
UConn Department of Human Development and Family Studies
UConn Global Affairs
UConn Neag School of Education
UConn Occupational and Environmental Medicine
UConn Office of Public Engagement
UConn School of Business
UConn School of Medicine

Location: The lecture will take place in Video Conference Room 204 on the second floor of the Ryan Building at 2006 Hillside Road at the University of Connecticut in Storrs. For directions and maps, see directions to InCHIP. Accessibility: elevator available in the building lobby on the ground floor.

To attend this lecture, please RSVP by clicking this link: Lecture RSVP. When you RSVP, you can also request to meet with Dr. Bull in an individual meeting on Thursday, January 26th from 9:30 am to 10:30 am.

Web Stream: You can view this talk streamed live or afterwards at the InCHIP Lecture Series Website.

Any questions, please email:

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 2016 – 2017 Lecture Series.

Support the UConn-Cuba Health Research Collaboration Fund

The Cuban healthcare system, internationally recognized as one of the most efficient in the developing world, presents great opportunities for learning. Cuba’s innovative approaches to public health have the potential to contribute to the solution of some urgent health problems in the U.S. and other modern, industrialized countries. With this initiative, we are committed to building international research collaborations with Cuba in order to identify and test novel approaches to public health promotion and education that can be implemented in other countries, while mutually assisting our Cuban collaborators with the resources and tools they need to advance their research in healthcare to gain the most out of their flourishing healthcare system.

Funds for this initiative will be used to develop important innovative health solutions through interdisciplinary partnerships between professionals in the U.S., Cuba and other countries. We will develop new ways of understanding and addressing health disparities and of tackling some of the most pressing public health and health behavior issues of the 21st century, including but not limited to cancer, HIV/AIDS, addictions, and obesity. We will also implement a state-of-the-art biostatistics research infrastructure that will be employed to help Cuba empirically test new, multilevel strategies that can inform public health campaigns, practices, and policies throughout Cuba and in other countries. In this spirit, we ask that you invest in a project committed to expanding the range of much needed, effective health promotion responses available to health professionals, by helping us learn from a country of innovative researchers, health care providers and others who have developed novel solutions to many of our shared public health problems.