Announcements

InCHIP Lecture Series: Lisa B. Hightow-Weidman

In Recognition of World AIDS Day!

Lisa B. Hightow-Weidman, MD, MPH

Thursday, November 29, 2018

12:30 – 1:30pm

Please RSVP to attend

 “Innovations in Mobile Technology for Engaging Youth in Treatment and Prevention”

 Lisa B. Hightow-Weidman, MD, MPH is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Departments of Infectious Diseases and Health Behavior, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Dr. Hightow-Weidman completed her medical school training at the University of Virginia and became board certified in Internal Medicine in 2001 after completing residency training at Stanford University. She completed fellowship training in Infectious Diseases and earned a Masters in Public Health in Epidemiology at UNC-Chapel Hill. Dr. Hightow-Weidman is an expert on mhealth, social media and utilization and evaluation of technology-based interventions to address the HIV Care Continuum for youth and young adults, particularly among young men who have sex with men (YMSM). She has published >90 peer-reviewed articles on these topics. She has developed technology-based interventions to address uptake and adherence to biomedical HIV prevention technologies, as well as intervening to increase HIV diagnosis, linkage and retention in care for YMSM. She is the PI of iTech, The UNC/Emory Center for Innovative Technology Across the Prevention and Care Continuum. This grant, part of the Adolescent Trials Network for HIV Interventions (ATN), seeks to develop a technology center to address the domestic epidemic of HIV among at risk and HIV-infected youth.

Co-sponsored by:

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 the InCHIP 2018-2019 Lecture Page.

InCHIP’s 2018 Annual Meeting Update

Thanks to all who attended the 2018 Annual Meeting!
InCHIP’s Annual Meeting was held on Friday, October 26, 2018. The meeting kicked off with new Director, Dr. Amy Gorin, who shared highlights from InCHIP’s grant portfolio, previewed upcoming events designed to spark interdisciplinary research collaborations, and announced new awards to recognize excellence in health-related research. InCHIP Associate Director Dr. Debbie Cornman shared information about exciting initiatives InCHIP is sponsoring to support interdisciplinary teams including several developments to promote equitable partnerships between UConn researchers and community partners. Dr. Rebecca Puhl, Deputy Director of UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity and Professor in Human Development and Family Studies gave a fantastic keynote address on her research entitled, “An Ecological Framework for Tackling Weight Stigma.”

InCHIP’s upcoming year is packed full with world class lectures, skill building workshops, and various interdisciplinary research opportunities for UConn faculty and trainees. Below are links to handouts describing upcoming InCHIP offerings:

InCHIP Services Menu

InCHIP Faculty Mentoring Award

InCHIP-Junior-Faculty-Research-Excellence-Award

InCHIP Community-Engaged Health Research Excellence Award

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10/30 Workshop on Converting Research to Impact: Strategies and Resources for New Ventures

mostafa lunch and learn

October 30th, 2018

Converting Research to Impact: Strategies and Resources for New Ventures

Featuring:

Mostafa Analoui, Ph.D. Executive Director of Venture Development and Technology Incubation Program (TIP) at UConn

Description:

Dr Analoui will present possible directions for researchers to engage in entrepreneurship and the commercialization of research ideas, apps, and other products. When: October 30th, 2018 at 12:30 PM. Lunch will be served.

Where:

InCHIP Colloquium Room (Room 14), J. Ray Ryan Building, UConn Storrs Campus. Directions to InCHIP

For more information and to RSVP

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.

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!

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

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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

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 (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.

Team Science Summit May 11th

 

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).

 

 

InCHIP Lecture 2/9: Robert Aseltine, Jr. PhD

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

“Using Medical Claims and EHR Data to Predict Suicide Risk”

Rob aseltine

Robert H. Aseltine, Jr., PhD
University of Connecticut, CPHHP

Thursday, February 9, 2017
12:30 – 1:30pm

About the Speaker

Robert Aseltine, PhD, is Professor and Interim Chair in the Division of Behavioral Sciences and Community Health and Deputy Director of the Center for Public Health and Health Policy at UCONN Health. Dr. Aseltine is a medical sociologist with diverse research interests that include health disparities, suicide prevention, and the development of innovative medical and public health information systems. Over the past 20 years he has led several major studies funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the Department of Defense. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Connecticut All-Payer Claims Database and Vice Chair of the New England Comparative Effectiveness Public Advisory Council (CEPAC).

Dr. Aseltine received his BA from Wesleyan University and his PhD from the University of Michigan.

Co-Sponsored By:
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 Sciences
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 School of Business
UConn School of Medicine
UConn School of Nursing
UConn Statistics Department
UConn School of Social Work
UConn School of Pharmacy

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. Aseltine in an individual meeting on Thursday, February 9th from 9:30 am to 11:30 am.

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

Any questions, please email: 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 2016 – 2017 Lecture Series.

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

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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: 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 2016 – 2017 Lecture Series.

11/10/16 InCHIP Lecture Chris Dunkel Schetter: “Maternal Stress and Anxiety Before Birth: Consequences and Mechanisms”

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

“Maternal Stress and Anxiety Before Birth: Consequences and Mechanisms”

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Chris Dunkel Schetter, PhD UCLA

Thursday, November 10, 2016

12:30 – 1:30pm

About the Speaker

Chris Dunkel Schetter is a Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry and Vice Chancellor of Faculty Development at UCLA. She received her Ph.D. from Northwestern University and postdoctoral training at UC Berkeley. She is the Director of a long-standing NIMH training program for pre and postdoctoral scholars in Biobehavioral Issues in Mental and Physical Health, and was the founding Chair of Health Psychology. Her broad research expertise is in stress, coping and social support in a variety of health and mental health contexts. Her primary program of research is on stress processes in pregnancy. In this work, Prof. Dunkel Schetter and collaborators examine various aspects of prenatal maternal stress and affect (depression, anxiety) and their contributions to preterm birth (PTB) and low birthweight, as well as infant and child developmental outcomes. This program of research involves prospective longitudinal studies of thousands of pregnant women of diverse ethnicities and socioeconomic status (SES) including low-income and Latina and African American women, with emphasis on race/ethnicity, culture and health disparities. She was CoPrincipal Investigator for an NICHD-funded research network (Community Child Health Network; CCHN) that applied community collaborative research methods to study SES and ethnic/racial disparities in maternal and child health in five sites across the country, focusing on mothers and fathers during the two years after a birth and maternal allostatic load. A follow-up study examines interpregnancy intervals (preconception processes) as predictors of later birth and child outcomes.  In the past five years, her group has also contributed to research on postpartum depression. She is collaborating now in a study of inflammatory mechanisms linking affective disorders to birth and child outcomes, and in translating her work into interventions to reduce PTB and LBW and perinatal and postpartum distress.  

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 Economics

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

UConn School of Social Work

UConn Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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.  Dunkel Schetter in an individual meeting on Thursday, November 10th from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. 

Web Stream

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

Any questions, please email:  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 2016 – 2017 Lecture Series.