InCHIP Centers and Collaboratives

UConn Center for mHealth and Social Media

In August 2017, InCHIP welcomed the UConn Center for mHealth and Social Media, which originated at University of Massachusetts Medical School. The mission of the Center, which is directed by Sherry Pagoto, PhD, is to increase the capacity for mHealth and social media research across campuses, facilitate industry-academic partnerships, and become an international leader in the science of technology for health behavior change. The Center’s priorities are in the areas of research methodology, training, and technology development.

UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity

The Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity,joined InCHIP after 10 years at Yale University in January 2015.The Rudd Center’s work focuses on the promotion of solutions to childhood obesity, poor diet, and weight bias through research and policy. Their work focuses on the following mechanisms for change:

  • conducting research to inform advocacy and policy
  • supporting evidence-based solutions
  • challenging the status quo, and
  • holding the food industry, media, government, and others that affect the food environment accountable for their actions

Collaboratory on School and Child Health (CSCH)

The Collaboratory on School and Child Health utilizes and expands upon the CDC Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model which identifies the necessity of collaboration across education and health sectors to accomplish child well-being. CSCH acknowledges the interrelated contributors to child well-being across multiple systems and disciplines, embraces an ecological systems framework, and integrates the extant influences of culture, health care disparities and the social determinants of health on children’s outcomes. Taken together, CSCH research informs coordinated policy, processes, and practices connected with the 10 components of coordinated school health.

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UConn HOPES (Health Outcomes, Policy, and Evidence Synthesis Group), an interdisciplinary research collaborative led by two School of Pharmacy faculty members, recently received a five-year contract to serve as one of 13 Evidence-based Practice Centers nationwide supported by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. UConn HOPES helps healthcare professionals make more informed decisions by sifting through the latest research and recommending the best treatment options, based strictly on its analysis of the scientific evidence. Reports produced by evidence-based practice centers around the country are used by the federal Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services in making health coverage decisions that affect millions of patients nationwide. National medical, nursing, and pharmacy organizations also use the reports to set guidelines for treatment and care.

UConn Biosensor Center for Health, Intervention, and Prevention (Bio-CHIP)

The UConn Biosensor Center for Health, Intervention, and Prevention (Bio-CHIP) is the first academic center of its kind worldwide, housing the development and application of biosensor-based e-health technologies. The goal of Bio­CHIP is to integrate biosensor technologies into the research of the established Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP) to prevent and manage obesity and associated metabolic disorders through “biological-behavioral” intervention packages.

By situating these centers and collaboratives within InCHIP, an institute that fosters successful multidisciplinary collaborations for the development of major research initiatives in health and health behavior, the University maximizes its capacity to respond to some of the nation and world’s most challenging health issues with team science approaches.

The missions of InCHIP and the centers and collaboratives within it, align neatly with UConn’s Academic Vision, which prioritizes health and wellness research as an integral part of the University’s mission.