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Research in the Community

YCCI facilitates research in and with the community in a number of ways:

  • By partnering with a steadily increasing number of community health practitioners and networks to increase their capacity for research so that these results can be used for practice improvement. YCCI’s partners work closely with two federally qualified health centers (Fair Haven Community Health Center and Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center) and with Yale New Haven Community Medical Group. 
  • By supporting programs to increase awareness, interest and participation in translational research at Yale and disseminate research findings to the community.
  • By supporting educational programs, clinical collaborations and research projects in countries around the world.
  • YCCI recognizes that broadening community participation in clinical research involves linking investigators directly to resources in the community. To facilitate this, YCCI has partnered withJunta for Progressive Actionand theAfrican Methodist Episcopal Zion (AME Zion) Churchto ensure that clinical trial participation reflects the diversity of New Haven’s population and will benefit patients in the community and beyond. 
  • Using an interdisciplinary approach, Smith collaborated with Linda Mayes, M.D., Arnold Gesell Professor in the Child Study Center and professor of epidemiology (chronic diseases) and 2012 YCCI Scholar Frederick Shic, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Child Study Center and of computer science, to create MoMba, a mobile app that utilizes behavioral economics via a challenge and reward system to connect mothers to one another and the larger community.

  • Therapy for Type 2 diabetes has been around for almost 60 years, yet there is still debate as to the best treatment strategy. Metformin is the most common first-line treatment, but many patients will need another medication in addition to metformin to get their blood sugar levels down to their goal.

  • YCCI is undertaking to determine what the public understands about participating in clinical trials and how to motivate volunteers to participate in them. This is particularly challenging in New Haven, an economically and racially diverse community in which more than 60 percent of the population is either African American or Hispanic.

  • Launched in 2012, the Smilow Cancer Care network brings together Yale’s academic cancer care model and the community care model to form the largest cancer care delivery system in Connecticut. Its 11 locations are fully integrated with the Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven and offer the world class cancer care and clinical research for which Smilow is widely recognized.

  • Yale University and University College – London (UCL) have created a transatlantic partnership in biomedical research and clinical care to advance research capabilities and exchange expertise. Both institutions are partners with extensive hospital complexes that together treat over 1.5 million patients every year.

  • As part of an NIH-funded R34 grant to build infrastructure in South Africa, faculty members from South Africa come to Yale each summer to take the summer courses offered by the IMP.

  • The groundbreaking discoveries of Yale researchers including Richard Lifton, Murat Gunel, and Arya Mani about the genetics of cardiovascular, renal, and central nervous system diseases, respectively, used the state-of-the-art technology cores and resources provided by YCCI, and also relied on partnerships with community-based organizations in Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Israel, and other countries.

  • The newly launched International Training Center for Global Infectious Disease Research headed by Yale faculty Michael Cappello, MD, and Elijah Paintsil, MBCHB, MD, a former YCCI Scholar, seeks to build research capacity in resource-limited countries.

  • Principles and Guidelines for Community­ University Research Partnerships was originally issued in collaboration with the Community Alliance for Research and Engagement (CARE) as part of YCCI’s community engagement efforts. This statement provides guiding principles by which to conduct community-based participatory research that is bi-directional and mutually beneficial.