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The Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center

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The Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center (PRC) was established in 1998 as part of the CDC’s Prevention Research Centers network of 25 academic research centers across the United States. This is an academic/community partnership with Griffin Hospital in Derby, Connecticut that services communities in both the New Haven and the Lower Naugatuck Valley areas.

The Yale-Griffin PRC works with community partners to develop, implement, and evaluate community-based approaches to help prevent and control chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. The Yale-Griffin PRC leverages its 20+ years of community partnerships and collaborations for all its projects.

The Community Alliance for Research and Engagement (CARE) is a primary partner of the Yale-Griffin PRC and is co-housed at the Yale School of Public Health and Southern Connecticut State University. The mission of CARE is to improve health in New Haven among people most impacted by disparities, including Black and Brown communities and low-income populations through collaborative research, practice, and engagement. Since its founding in 2007 at the Yale School of Public Health, CARE has worked to identify solutions to improve the health of New Haven residents through community-based research and projects focusing on social, environmental, and behavioral risk factors. As of 2016, the Yale-Griffin PRC and CARE are now partnering with the School of Health and Human Services at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU). Combining the research strength at the Yale School of Public Health with the community-focused programs at SCSU’s College of Health and Human Services, this partnership represents a powerful evolution of CARE by engaging with a local state university to drive deeper change into New Haven. CARE leads PRC-affiliated projects that are conducted in New Haven through the PRC.

With a re-energized partnership between Yale School of Public Health, the CARE team and the Griffin PRC team, and with the PRC under new leadership, the Yale-Griffin PRC plans to grow its collaborations within Yale and Griffin and its reach throughout Connecticut.

Current Core Research of the Yale-Griffin PRC

Virtual Diabetes Prevention Program

This implementation science project is examining the feasibility and pathways to success of low-income populations with diabetes to use a virtually-delivered diabetes prevention program, supported by community-based health workers and hospital-based community nurses. This project will identify and address barriers that keep low-income populations from successfully participating in evidence-based lifestyle programs.

After the year one pilot study and focus groups with key stakeholders in both communities, participants will be recruited for the start of the intervention and assessments. Upon completion of the study and data analyses, the Yale-Griffin PRC will develop a toolkit for dissemination.

Prevention

The Yale-Griffin PRC partners with community agencies, government, local organizations, and residents to address the risk factors for chronic diseases. The PRC offers trainings and evaluation technical support to organizations to build evidence and capacity for implementing, improving, and replicating preventive interventions. They also support the sharing, dissemination, and use of data for program and systems change initiatives based on evidence-based practices.

The PRC engages community organizations as well as researchers at Yale to partner on projects, activities, and grants with a community engaged focus.

Opportunities for Students and Collaborators

Yale School of Public Health Students are invaluable collaborators in the Y-G PRC, helping
implement and evaluate all of the Y-G PRC studies. MPH internship opportunities are available.

Community partners and collaborators are essential to success in the community-based public health research and implementation.

Please direct inquiries to Kathleen O’Connor Duffany.