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Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center

The Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center (PRC) was established in 1998 through a grant from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and is part of the CDC’s Prevention Research Centers network of 26 academic research centers across the U.S.  Prevention Research Centers conduct community-based participatory research along with their community partners to develop, implement, evaluate, and disseminate community-based approaches to prevent chronic diseases.  The Yale-Griffin PRC’s primary office is housed within its community partner, Griffin Hospital, and also operates out of Yale’s Community Alliance for Research Engagement (CARE) offices, and, beginning in 2017 has established an affiliation with Southern CT State University.

The Yale-Griffin PRC’s priorities are the prevention and control of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and related conditions, with an emphasis on lifestyle change and sustainable community interventions. The PRC is dedicated to participatory research methods; a robust research agenda; community involvement in public health; eradication of health disparities; and dissemination of effective interventions. Jeannette Ickovics, PhD, Samuel and Liselotte Herman Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the Yale School of Public Health and Founding Director of the Community Alliance for Research and Engagement (CARE), serves as PI of the CDC grant supporting the PRC.  David L. Katz, MD, MPH serves as the Center Director and PI of its core research project.  The goals of the PRC are synchronous with the YCCI goals of education/training and translating research to practice.

Research efforts

Community Health Opportunities Organized with Schools at the Epicenter.  This project uses a multi-level approach to improve diet quality and physical activity in children and adults in the Lower Naugatuck Valley of Connecticut. It offers school-based nutrition and physical activity programs to students, complemented by health-promoting programs offered to community residents via community portals such as worksites, supermarkets, medical offices, and faith-based or community organizations. The PRC will assess the impact of progressively higher levels of intervention offered within school districts and their respective communities.

The PRC’s work in the New Haven community centers around New Haven’s Community Health Improvement Plan, working with six neighborhoods to identify solutions to improve the health of New Haven residents.