Practice-based Community Health Research (EPH 542b)

(formerly Community Health Program Planning)

The Practice-based Community Health Research course provides opportunities for students to work with local organizations. First offered in 1968, many alumni who completed this course remember the experience as a formative part of their MPH training. Dozens of local organizations have benefited from these projects.

As the course is currently designed, students develop skills in planning and designing practice-based community health research projects. Course content is based on an ecological framework, principles of public health ethics, and a teaching strategy of significant learning experiences and team-based learning. In the current climate of evidence-based practices in public health, this course will help students develop skills in turning practice activities and data into evidence. Assignments are built around a practicum project designed and implemented on behalf of a local agency or organization. Some recent field reports are available below. 

Community organizations interested in benefiting from such a project, and serving as preceptors to MPH students, are encouraged to contact Debbie Humphries for further information.

APHARenu Nadkarni, MPH '15, and Tracy George, MPH '15, presented results from the Haven Free Clinic project at a poster session for the 2014 APHA conference in New Orleans.

Field Action Reports 2014

Evaluation of a Community-Based Nutrition Education Program in the HAVEN Free Clinic
Community Health Program Planning Team: Chin-Hee Chung, Aliyar Fouladkhah, Geliang Gan, Tracy George, Renu Nadkarni
Preceptors: Abiola Ahove and Laura Skrip
Faculty Advisor: Mayur Desai and Debbie Humphries
Teaching Assistant: Mary D'Alimonte

Building a Case for Community Respite in New London, Connecticut
Community Health Program Planning Team: Tara Baysol, Anandi van Diepen‐Hedayat, Vamshidher Gankidi, Douglas Keene
Preceptor: Cathy Zall
Faculty Advisor: Debbie Humphries
Teaching Assistant: Benjamin Clopper

Assessing Gestational Weight Gain Patterns and Nutritional Services Available to Pregnant Women at Optimus Healthcare
Community Health Program Planning Team: Senate Amusu, Stephanie Boegeman, Yosuke Kita, Ugochi Ukegbu
Preceptor: Alix Pose
Faculty Advisor: Rafael Perez-Escamilla and Debbie Humphries
Teaching Assistant: Mary D'Alimonte

Examining the Effectiveness of Medicaid Family Planning Expansion in Connecticut
Community Health Program Planning Team: Meghan Angley, Moiuri Siddique, Kimberly Vasquez
Preceptor: Susan Lane
Faculty Advisor: Chima Ndumele and Debbie Humphries
Teaching Assistant: Crystal Gibson

Affordable Care Act and Connecticut State Innovation Model: Recommended Payment Methods for Community Health Workers
Community Health Program Planning Team: Rumana Rabbani, Jennifer Grasso, Rongrong Wang, Ahsan Malik
Preceptor: Meredith Ferraro
Faculty Advisosr: Elaine O'Keefe, Mary Ann Booss and Debbie Humphries
Teaching Assistant: Benjamin Clopper

Field Action Reports 2013

Improving Efficiency of Care at Planned Parenthood Through Understanding Patient Demographics and Service Provision Patterns (Planned Parenthood of Southern New England)
Community Health Program Planning Team: Tammie Kwong, Erik Heinonen, Uzma Alam, Aditya Mahalingam-Dhingra, Monica Jordan
Preceptor: Susan Lane
Faculty Advisor: Trace Kershaw and Debbie Humphries
Teaching Assistant: Amelia Reese Masterson

Using Technology to Fight Elder Abuse: Exploring the potential of interactive tools to increase health care provider recognition and reporting (Jewish Home for the Elderly)
Community Health Program Planning Team: Sophia Yuan Zhao, Hannah Mitchell, Lela Posey
Preceptor: Laura Snow and Julia Portale 
Faculty Advisor: Joan Monin and Debbie Humphries
Teaching Assistant: Neel Iyer

Funding Community Health Workers:  Best Practices and the way forward (Southwestern Area Health Education Center)
Community Health Program Planning Team: Charles Felix, Crystal Gibson, Jennifer Alvisurez, Jasmin Harpe, Ben Clopper
Preceptor: Meredith Ferraro
Faculty Advisor: Elaine O'Keefe, Rafael Perez-Escamilla and Debbie Humphries
Teaching Assistant: Amelia Reese Masterson

Improving Patient Satisfaction: Assessment and evaluation of VNA Healthcare’s HHCAHPS performance (Visiting Nurse Association Healthcare Inc.)
Community Health Program Planning Team: Courtney Armstrong, Lauren Warren, Katherine Gendreau, Dave Muccino
Preceptor: Christine Anderson
Faculty Advisor: Ingrid Nembhard and Debbie Humphries
Teaching Assistant: Neel Iyer

Providing Culturally Competent Care in the Face of Health Disparities: Assessment and Training Recommendations
Community Health Program Planning Team: Rosalyn Chan, Adam Eldahan, Mary D'Alimonte, Athena Samara, Sisi Wang
Preceptor: Alix Pose-Sussman
Faculty Advisor: Judith Lichtman and Debbie Humphries
Teaching Assistant: Margaret Lippit

Field Action Reports 2012


Community Health Program Planning Team: Xindi Fang, Mariam Girguis, Stephanie Shao, Isy Tavarez
Preceptor: Chris Cole
Faculty Advisor: Debbie Humphries
Teaching Assistant: Britton Gibson

Community Health Program Planning Team: Margaret Lippitt, Ana Sierra, Katie Stetler, Yao Yang
Preceptors: Kevin Irwin,  Shawn Lang
Faculty Advisor: Derrick Gordon
Teaching Assistant: Stephanie Platis

Student team: Tiffanie Jones, Frank Lin, Avantika Saraf
Preceptor: Alix Pose-Sussman
Faculty Advisor:  Mehmet Sofuoglu
Teaching Assistant:  Katherine LaMonaca 

Community Health Program Planning Team: Brigette Davis, Amelia Reese, Kate Schedel, Surabhi Srivastava, Jamille Taylor, Bridget Whitney
Preceptor: Susan Lane
Faculty Advisor: Linda Niccolai
Teaching Assistant: Britton Gibso

Field Action Reports 2011


Optimus Health Care: Smoking Cessation and HIV in a Connecticut-based Community Health Care Center
Preceptor: Alix Pose 
Faculty Advisor: David Fiellin 
Students: Bill Hayes, Mia Kanak, Katie LaMonaca, Jason Yost 

Program Preceptor: Krista Heybruck 
Faculty Advisor: Denise Stevens 
Students: Nicholas DeVito, Britton Gibson, Blanca Paccha, Stephanie Platis

Field Action Reports 2010

Assessing HIV/AIDS Prevention Services in Three Connecticut Cities
Community Health Program Planning Team: A. Butts, W. Hubbard, R. Sam, A. Cook
Connecticut AIDS Resource Coalition: S. Lang

Physical Activity and Early Education Weight Management in a Low-Income Setting: Program-Based Assessment
Community Health Program Planning Team: Emily F. Cole, Jaymie Potteiger, and Hongmei Zeng, Laena Orkin
Community Renewal Team: Krista Heybruck-Santiago, Ashley Debenian 

An Evaluation of the Collaboration Potential of Diabetes Programs in New Haven, Connecticut
Community Health Program Planning Team:  Debbie Chin, Amy Peng, Raj Prattipati, Plinio Silva, Laena Orkin
Yale-New Haven Hospital:  Gary R. Smart  

City Scape: Community Perspectives on Nutrition Social Marketing
Community Health Program Planning Team:  Sharon Taylor & Tyra Pendergrass, (TA) Eliza Little
CitySeed Partner/Preceptors:  Erin Wirpsa Eisenberg & Nicole Berube