The UConn Collaboratory on School and Child Health (CSCH) was excited to partner with co-sponsors UConn and the UConn Foundation to host the first Science Salon of the 2018 series. The event, “How Schools Succeed by Nurturing the Whole Child,” took place on the evening of Thursday, Nov. 9, at the Lyceum in Hartford, Conn. […]
Hamden clinic set to revolutionize autism, special needs world – November 16, 2017
Amy M. Briesch, Sandra M. Chafouleas and Ruth K. Chaffee (2017) This paper describes the ﬁndings of a systematic review of state-level websites to identify the extent to which state departments of education have provided speciﬁc guidance with regard to the who, what, where, when, and why of universal social, emotional, and/or behavioral screening practices.
CSCH Live Talk by Sandra Chafouleas, PhD – October 2017
Background Lisa Sanetti is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology within the Neag School of Education. Her primary area of research relates to implementation science, specifically how interventions are implemented in schools. Prior to working in school psychology, Sanetti had worked in a clinical setting for kids with very significant mental health […]
As part of an initiative to provide multi-media training for CSCH affiliates, the UConn Collaboratory on School and Child Health partnered with the Public Health House Learning Community to host a live filming of TED-like talks on October 30, 2017. Over 80 undergraduate students and graduate students constituted the live audience as four CSCH affiliates […]
Jennifer L. Harris et al (2017) This study examines the effects of health messages promoting nutrient-poor foods in child-directed advertising.
Presentation at the 22nd Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health by Auerbach, Long, Koriakin, Briesch, & Chafouleas – October 2017 Click to View & Download
Presentation at the 22nd Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health by Auerbach, Koriakin & Chafouleas – October 2017 Click to View & Download
Presentation at the 22nd Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health by Chafouleas, Volk, Koriakin, & Auerbach – October 2017 Click to View & Download
Background Kerri Raissian is an Assistant Professor in the UConn Department of Public Policy who studies policies that relate to kids and the family. She has a particular interest in policies designed to reduce family violence, either between parents/adults or directed towards children. The interest stems from her background volunteering with victims and managing a […]
Adding $1 to Minimum Wage = Less Child Neglect – October 2, 2017
On September 18, 2017, the UConn Collaboratory on School and Child Health held its first annual Encore Conference. The Encore conference provided an opportunity for participants to learn about work related to school and/or child health that CSCH affiliates had presented previously at external conferences. It included a poster “encore” session (sharing work already presented […]
Maia Hyary and Jennifer L. Harris (2017) This observational study compared time spent visiting food/beverage websites for Hispanic and non-Hispanic children and youth. It found that Hispanic children and youth were less likely to visit the Internet overall, but more likely to visit food/beverages websites, compared with their non-Hispanic peers.
Why America Needs a Population Czar – September 12, 2017
Background Carol Polifroni is a registered nurse, Professor, and Dean of the UConn School of Nursing, whose research and scholarship focuses primarily on health policy and transition to care for nurses in particular. She is also Director of the UConn Office of Public Engagement. As part of that dual role she has been involved in […]
Fast-food restaurants pledged to offer healthier options for kids. How have they done? – August 10, 2017
Marlene B. Schwartz et al (2017) This longitudinal, observational study measured plain milk selection and consumption the first year flavored milk was removed in a school district and two years later. the study found that school-wide per-student consumption of plain milk increased over time.
No Chocolate Milk? No Problem, Kids Get Used to Plain Milk – July 14, 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) […]
Health care providers endorse call for sales tax increase – June 20, 2017
The Adolescent Adjustment Project (AAP) is a longitudinal NIH-funded research project directed by Dr. Christine McCauley Ohannessian at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Its primary goal is to uncover factors that protect young people from developing psychological and substance use problems. For more information, contact Christine McCauley […]
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 […]
State Leaders Attend Symposium on Childhood Trauma, Mental Health – May 26, 2017
Parents Concerned About Unhealthy Food Marketing to Children – April 19, 2017
Rebecca M. Puhl et al (2017) This longitudinal study examines weight-based teasing in adolescence and its potential health consequences in adulthood, including obesity, unhealthy weight-control and eating behaviors, and poor body image.
Rhema Fuller, Jennifer McGarry, et al (2017) This case study chronicles research on campus-community partnerships over the thirteen-year existence of Husky Sport.
Why Kids Shouldn’t Sit Still in Class – March 21, 2017
Marlene B. Schwartz, et al (2017) This article describes an observational experiment that looked at whether a local campaign to reduce consumption of sugary drinks was associated with a decrease in grocery store drink sales.
Melissa A. Collier-Meek, Lisa M. H. Sanetti, Lindsay M. Fallon (2017) This article describes the concept of evaluating treatment integrity through an applied behavior analysis (ABA) lens and outlines practical strategies for how school psychologists might apply this idea to support teachers.
Jennifer L. Harris, Maia Hyary, and Marlene B. Schwartz (2016) This article describes the results of study in which students and parents viewed and rated different kinds of snacks in four experimental conditions.
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 […]
Marlene B. Schwartz (2016) This invited commentary discusses an ongoing debate about whether to use incentives or restrictions in improving the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to support healthy eating and nutrition. Please note that a JAMA Internal Medicine subscription account is required to view the full article.
Big money spent marketing unhealthy baby, toddler foods – November 1, 2016
The Connecticut School Health Survey (CSHS) surveys students in grades 6-12 about behavior and tobacco use. The surveys have been administered since 2005.
This BCAC annual report provides information on juvenile justice and safety; poverty; economic insecurity; early childhood, elementary, middle school, high school, and adult education; and health and well-being.
DataHaven’s mission is to improve quality of life by collecting, interpreting and sharing public data for effective decision-making.
Prepared by the Community Research Alliance (CRA), with significant input from the Institute for Community Research, faculty of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine in Farmington, CT and the University of St. Joseph in West Hartford, CT, with support from the UCONN Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (CICATS) Guidelines-Executive Summary PDF
Health education includes a combination of planned learning opportunities to help students make positive health decisions. High-quality instruction engages students across a developmental continuum in learning about, adopting, and promoting healthy behaviors – see for example the Michigan Model for Health. Health education includes school-wide to individualized opportunities, identified based on needs of particular contexts, […]
Funded by USDA SNAP-Ed, local foundations, AmeriCorps and private donations, Husky Sport is a sport based youth development program operating as a community-campus partnership between Hartford’s North End and UConn’s Neag School of Education. Husky Sport emphasizes nutritional education, physical activity, transferrable life skills, and academic enrichment with K-12 grade students both in school and […]
A novel immersive videogame, also known as exergaming, integrates the excitement of gaming and the physical activity of bicycling. The primary goal of this study is to determine if a fitness experience delivered via the novel exergaming fitness bicycle will be perceived positively and enjoyed by normal weight and overweight/obese children aged 11-13 years. For […]
Two new projects at the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity are evaluating the food environment, policies, and nutritional quality of meals in both USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) child care centers (funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Healthy Eating Research program) and non-CACFP child care centers (funded by the […]
The overall objective is to establish the preliminary effectiveness of a video-based exercise intervention, or “BrainErgizersTM,” that can be incorporated into the school day as a classroom physical activity brain break. For more information, contact: Lindsay DiStefano
Dr. Ruth Lucas and Dr. Bin Feng have created a device that allows for measurement of an infants’ sucking microstructure during breast and bottle feeding in the home setting. A Connecticut Bioscience Pipeline Grant will allow researchers to test the device in home settings for reliability, tolerance and acceptance during feeding. For more information, contact […]
Funded through the UConn OVPR’s Research Excellence Program, UConn researchers and leaders in the New Haven School District and Connecticut State Department of Education are collaborating to build a “guiding blueprint” that fills an important gap in tools to guide planning, implementation, professional development, and evaluation efforts that inform coordination of policies, processes, and practices […]
Funded by the Neag School of Education’s Dean’s Research Initiative Award, this study aims to understand how Ecological Momentary Assessment (EMA) can be used to develop a method of implementation of self-assessment that will enable educators to make valid decisions about intervention effectiveness in research and practice while utilizing minimal resources. For more information, contact: […]
With funding from Invest Health, this project aims to examine food systems in order to reduce grocery store leakage (a condition where demand exceeds supply) from the Hartford Promise Zone area. Plans are underway to engage the neighborhood in the design of an aesthetically pleasing, nutritious and sustainable food system. For more information, contact: Carol […]
Clifford Beers Program Turns Stress and Trauma into Positive Outcomes – October 3, 2016
Presentation at the 21st Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health by Chafouleas, Sanetti, & Volk – September 2016 Click to View & Download
Kids In 5 Schools Getting Trauma Help – September 15, 2016
Junk Food Makers Market Look-Alike ‘Smart Snacks’ In Schools To Mislead Kids, Study Claims – September 1, 2016
Look-alike ‘Smart Snacks’ Confuse Students, Parents – August 31, 2016
Study: “Copycat Snacks” in Schools Confuse Parents and Kids – August 31, 2016
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 […]
New Faculty Projects Will Advance Academic Plan – July 13, 2016
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 […]
Rebecca L. Smith and Ruth Lucas (2016). This article describes research evaluating nurses’ knowledge regarding the early initiation of breastfeeding in preterm infants.
Daniel T. Volk, Lisa H. Sanetti, Sandra M. Chafouleas (2016) The WSCC model is explained, focusing on 10 components that have been shown to have a significant impact on student outcomes while simultaneously promoting unified coordination across important groups. Please note that a NASP account is required to view this article.
Rebecca Puhl, Young Suh, and Xun Li (2016) This article describes the results of a study looking at parental support for enactment of laws and policies to protect youth from weight-based bullying.
Support Increasing for Laws Against Weight-Based Bullying – April 26, 2016
Presentation at the New England School Nurse Conference by Polifroni & Chafouleas – April 2016 Click to View & Download
S. Megan Berthold & Kathryn Libal (2016) This article addresses the rights of migrant children to rehabilitation, health, and well-being, particularly when held in US detention.
Eating Two Breakfasts Is Better Than Eating None – March 23, 2016
Fight Childhood Obesity In Preschools, Child Care Centers, New Report Says – March 22, 2016
2 Breakfasts May Be Better Than None For School Kids – March 17, 2016
Kids who eat two breakfasts are less likely to be overweight than those who eat none – March 17, 2016
Sandra M. Chafouleas & E. Carol Polifroni (2016) This commentary reinforces a call to recognize the need for substantive collaboration, communication, and cooperation across education and health sectors.