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Yale: Students Get Valuable Public Health Experience Through CDC Grants

The Yale School of Public Health’s longstanding relationship with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is providing students with valuable research and public health practice experience as they address chronic disease in New Haven and other Connecticut communities.

CARE (the Community Alliance for Research and Engagement), which is co-housed at the Yale School of Public Health and Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU), currently oversees two major CDC funded grants focused on eliminating health disparities disproportionately experienced by disadvantaged populations.

One CDC grant supports a Prevention Research Center (PRC), that is a collaboration between the Yale School of Public Health (YSPH) and Griffin Hospital in Derby, Conn. The Yale-Griffin PRC, one of only 25 such research centers in the United States, has been continuously funded since 1998.

The other funds a REACH grant, for Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health, that helps CARE support community-led initiatives to overcome local barriers to good health — such as increasing access to healthier foods and broadening opportunities for physical activity.

At the Yale-Griffin PRC, Yale students work closely with Yale scientists and CARE staff assessing interventions to address chronic disease with a focus on healthy eating, physical activity and social determinants of health, such as food security. Outcomes are reported back to the CDC, which uses the information to develop best practices that can be replicated in other communities.

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