Yale, city address chronic disease

New Haven is the first U.S. city to participate in Community Interventions for Health (CIH), an international project to address chronic disease.

Working with Yale’s Community Alliance for Research and Engagement (CARE), CIH will study the effectiveness of community interventions in reducing the prevalence of chronic diseases. In New Haven, high rates of obesity put children and minority groups at elevated risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer.

CIH, which works with communities to improve health, is spearheaded globally by the nonprofit Oxford Health Alliance and locally by CARE, which is part of the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation.

“We hope that innovative research conducted at Yale can be translated into vital policies and programs to prevent disease and promote the health of our citizens right here in New Haven,” said Jeannette R. Ickovics, Ph.D., professor of epidemiology and public health, professor of psychology, and director of CARE.

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