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Yale: Griffin Hospital Receives Nearly $3.75 Million from CDC for Prevention Research Center

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded the Yale School of Public Health and Griffin Hospital up to $3.75 million over the next five years for its Prevention Research Center (PRC).

This award will help the PRC continue its mission to prevent chronic disease, while expanding to include prevention research in the digital age. In the next five years, the PRC will assess the feasibility and health impacts of offering a technology-based application of the Diabetes Prevention Program facilitated by community health workers and hospital-based community nurses to low-income adults at risk for type 2 diabetes in New Haven and the Lower Naugatuck Valley towns of Ansonia and Derby.

The PRC’s founding director, Dr. David L. Katz, said the funding will allow the PRC’s vital work in the greater New Haven area to continue. The award begins Sept. 30.

“We have been honored to work these past 20 years not just for, but with our community partners, exploring ways to prevent chronic disease and promote health both here in Connecticut, and around the country and world,” Dr. Katz said.

The new PRC principal investigator, Dr. Rafael Pérez-Escamilla, professor at the Yale School of Public Health, said he is very proud of this CDC award “as it represents a very unique opportunity to understand how to best empower low-income individuals manage their type 2 diabetes through trusted community health workers with support from information technology.”

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