CSCH News Archive

Enhancing Media Presentation
Skills in School/Child
Health‐Related Topics

Fall 2017

CSCH is sponsoring media training for affiliates interested in enhancing skills in effective dissemination and promotion of their work. We are pleased to partner with Drs. Rory McGloin and Stephen Stifano in the Department of Communication, who will lead attendees throughout the fall semester in developing knowledge of effective communication and using skills to produce a TED-style video presentation.

Key topics covered include:

  • The fundamentals of communication and mastering presentations
  • Writing, Organizing, and Delivering an Effective Presentation
  • Integrating multimedia into your presentation

After the fall training process, selected participants will give presentations in the spring of 2018. Check back on our homepage for updates.


Announcement of CSCH Grant Awardees

June 22, 2017

CSCH is pleased to announce and congratulate the two awardees of our FY2017 seed grant competition. These grants provide funds to investigators to support projects that align with the vision of CSCH to promote an integrated approach to health and learning through collaborations across the components within the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model. They are intended for projects that can lead to innovative external grant applications. Eligible applicants are InCHIP members, with CSCH affiliation. Drs. Amy Mobley and Marlene Schwartz are the recipients of the $10,000 grants.

Dr. Amy Mobley, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, and her co-investigators are studying the impact of local foods on elementary school students’ nutrition behaviors. The first phase of the project will determine the salient reasons that may motivate elementary school students’ to choose to eat local foods in their school. The second phase of the project will involve evaluating a local food procurement intervention on students’ nutrition health behaviors in low socioeconomic schools in Connecticut.

Dr. Marlene Schwartz is Director of the UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity and Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies. She will be creating a WSCC Policy Assessment Tool that captures and scores all of the school policies relevant to the WSCC model. In creating this WSCC tool, she will follow the framework she used to create the already existing Wellness School Assessment Tool ( that measures and scores the strength of school district wellness policies.

We wish to thank all of the applicants for their excellent proposals and the review committee members for their substantial contributions to the seed grant competitions.

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July 21, 2016

CSCH is pleased to announce the FY16 Awardees of the InCHIP-Neag School of Education Dual-PI Seed Grants for Collaborative Research in School and Child Health.

The purpose of this competition was to provide funds to dual-PI teams to support new research initiatives and pilot work that would lead to innovative external grant applications focused on school and child health. Each winning dual-PI team will receive $15,000 in funding to conduct their pilot research.

Funding will be awarded to:

Jaci VanHeest (Department of Educational Psychology) and Rory McGloin (Department of Communication) for their proposal, “Examining the Effects of a Novel Exergaming Experience in Middle-School Youth”

Jennifer McGarry (Department of Educational Leadership) and Lindsay DiStefano (Department of Kinesiology) for their proposal, “Effectiveness of Brain Breaks to Improve Physical Literacy”

Education, Community and Behavioral Health Leaders Attend Statewide Symposium on Childhood Trauma, Mental Health

May 24, 2017

On May 24, 2017, CSCH co-sponsored and hosted “Symposium on Trauma-Informed School Mental Health.” Approximately 100 school, mental health, and community leaders from across the state gathered at the University of Connecticut campus in Storrs to discuss childhood trauma and the impact it can have on a child’s education, as well as possible strategies for responding to children who have experienced trauma or have behavioral health issues.

The event was the result of collaboration between the University of Connecticut Collaboratory on School and Child Health and the Neag School of Education, the Capitol Region Education Council, the CT State Department of Education, the Ana Grace Project, Clifford Beers Clinic, and the Child Health Development Institute. The symposium’s main goals were to increase awareness among participants of important issues in childhood trauma, discuss creation of a common framework for addressing trauma, violence and mental health needs among children, and to stimulate the development of a trauma-informed school mental health plan.



CSCH Resilience Screening

November 16, 2016

CSCH, in collaboration with the Neag School of Education, hosted a free screening of the documentary film Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope. Additional sponsors included UConn’s Office of Public Engagement, InCHIP, Achieve Hartford!, and the Clifford Beers Clinic.

The documentary film chronicles the work done by researchers in terms of demonstrating both the prevalence of adverse childhood experiences (ACES) and their correlation with major health problems in adulthood. The film also showcases pediatricians, therapists, and educators who are screening their patients and students for ACES and who are working to provide support and family therapy to students and their families. Following the documentary, CSCH Co-Director Sandra Chafouleas moderated a panel discussion with James Redford of KPJR Films and Director of Resilience; Alice Forrester, from Clifford Beers Clinic in New Haven; and Paul Diego-Holzer, from Achieve Hartford! After some introductory discussion, panelists took questions from the audience of over 200 practitioners, community members, faculty, students and researchers. Click to watch the panel discussion.

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CSCH Receives 3-year
UConn Academic Vision Grant

July 13, 2016

In 2013, UConn launched a comprehensive process to develop a new academic vision and identify initiatives that will enable the University to enhance excellence in research and education. One of the priority areas identified in that process was health and wellness. CSCH is pleased to announce that is has received a 3-year Academic Vision grant as part of the UConn Academic Plan.