Practice-based Community Health Research (EPH 542b)

Poster Session at APHA

Sarah Weingarten, Camille Fonseca and Adriana Collings present their practicum work at a poster session of the American Public Health Association annual conference.

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.

2018 Field Action Reports

Exploring Barriers to Primary Care Utilization in Transition-Age Males in Southern Connecticut
Community Health Research Team: Arsalan Ahmed, Tyler Johnson, Sowmya Kuruganti, Abby Raynor, Brittany Stollar,
Preceptor: Dr. Alix Pose, Justin Markowski, Nelly Angah
Faculty Advisor: Dr. John Pachankis
Teaching Assistant: Haeyoon Chang

Development of New Educational Interventions to Lower the Risk of Child Lead Poisoning: Yale New Haven Health Children's Department
Community Health Research Team: Cade McGovern, Natasha Wasim, Pooja Bollampaly, Tammy Chen, Will Maher
Preceptor: Marta Wilczynski
Faculty Advisor: Brianna Foley
Teaching Assistant: Nicole Hood

Implementing an Effective Community-Based Advisory Board (CAB) at New Haven Farms: New Haven Farms
Community Health Research Team: Kendra Hanlon, Qingying Luo, Akshar Patel
Preceptor: Laura Hansen
Faculty Advisor: Marcella Nunez-Smith
Teaching Assistant: Sheridan Finnie

Measuring & Mapping Mortality in the Elm City: Identifying and Addressing Health Inequities in New Haven with Years of Potential Life Lost (YPLL) and Other Health Determinants: New Haven Health Department
Community Health Research Team: Wei Chang, Miranda Janvrin, Natalie Olson, Carolyn Park, Chengcheng Qiu
Preceptor: Brian Weeks, Brooke Logan
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Yusuf Ransome
Teaching Assistant: Sheridan Finnie

Planned Parenthood – Evaluation of Childbirth Education Needs in Southern New England: Planned Parenthood Southern New England
Community Health Research Team: Amy Caplon, Haily Jordan, Wan (Wendy) Wang, Sophie Wheelock, Anthony Yakely
Preceptor: Pierrette Silverman
Faculty Advisor: Trace Kershaw
Teaching Assistant: Christina Bastida

To see reports from projects in previous years, please click here. 

Spring 2019 Prospectus

Project Prospectus

Information sessions:  
Wed. Oct. 31 - 4:30 - 5:30 pm, LEPH 115
Fri. Nov. 1 - noon - 1:00 pm, LEPH 105

We have implemented several of the groups recommendations with positive results. Yale student groups have met our need for actionable suggestions that directly impact the health status of our very vulnerable and underserved guests.

Catherine Zall, Executive Director, New London Homeless Hospitality Center

These students are like having a mini consulting group. We knew there were disparities. This study confirmed our suspicions and gives us a basis to find the funding to address it.