Focus: Research

Writing for The Conversation Discussion – November 15

Would you like to bring your research to a wider audience? Please join us on November 15, 2018 as we talk to professors about their experience writing for and being published in The Conversation, one of the many resources used by UConn Communications to help disseminate faculty research to the general public. Featuring UConn faculty […]

Steering Committee Member Profile: Michele Femc-Bagwell

Background Michele Femc-Bagwell is Associate Professor in Residence in the Department of Educational Leadership in the Neag School of Education at UConn. She is a former high school English teacher, middle school assistant principal, principal, and holds a Connecticut Superintendent’s certificate. In her 14-year career at UConn she has served as the director of the […]

Building Links in Health and Education Undergraduate Event

On October 30, 2018 CSCH collaborated with the Public Health House Learning Community to host an event titled Field of Dreams: Building Links in Health and Education Using the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Model. The event built on prior opportunities to engage undergraduate students in learning and active discussion around topics related […]

2018 Research Connections

On October 17, 2018, for the second year, CSCH participated in Research Connections, a networking event sponsored by the UConn Learning Communities intended to expose first and second year students to undergraduate research. The CSCH booth stayed busy throughout the evening, with undergraduate students from many disciplines stopping to engage in conversation about opportunities in […]

CSCH #schoolequity Twitter Chat

Together with the UConn Neag School of Education, CSCH cohosted a Twitter Chat about the importance of bridging the gap between home and school for diverse students on Monday, October 10, 2018. The chat was co-sponsored by El Instituto and Rebecca Campbell-Montalvo, Postdoctoral Researcher in the Neag School of Education, was the featured guest. Participants […]

The best of intentions: Prenatal breastfeeding intentions and infant health

Raissian, K. and Houston Su, J. (2018) Authors used the Infant Feeding Practices Study (IFPS) II (n = 1008) to examine mothers who intended to breastfeed but did not actually breastfeed. Results suggest that mothers who intended to breastfeed had infants with fewer infections compared to infants whose mothers did not intend to breastfeed, irrespective […]

A qualitative investigation into the U.S. Department of Agriculture 18‐item Household Food Security Survey Module: Variations in interpretation, understanding and report by gender

Foster, Schwartz, Grenier, Burke, Taylor, & Mobley. (2018) Pairs of low‐income and food‐insecure mothers and fathers of children participated in one‐on‐one interviews to answer questions from the USDA 18‐item Household Food Security Survey Module measure using the think‐aloud method. Findings suggest that gender is related to interpretation of key concepts relevant to food insecurity.

Client Preferences for Nutrition Interventions in Food Pantries

Cooksey-Stowers, K., Martin, K. & Schwartz, M. (2018) Researchers surveyed a sample of food pantries clients about: (a) their level of support for interventions designed to promote healthy food choices in pantries; (b) why they select specific items in pantries, and (c) how shopping at the food pantry fits into their monthly food acquisitions.

2018 CSCH Encore Conference and Stage One Winners

On September 24, 2018, the UConn Collaboratory on School and Child Health held its second 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 in […]

Sport Sampling Is Associated With Improved Landing Technique in Youth Athletes

Lindsay J. DiStefano et al (2018) Through a series of landing tests, this study compared children who participate in multiple sports to those who specialize in one sport. The study found that  sport sampling at a young age is associated with improved neuromuscular control, which may reduce injury risk in youth athletes.

Food and beverage TV advertising to young children: Measuring exposure and potential impact

Jennifer L. Harris and Svetlana S. Kalnova (2017) This paper describes two studies: the first uses Nielsen advertising exposure data to compare pre-schoolers’ and older children’s exposure to food advertising in 2015. The second study exposed young children in a child-care setting to child-directed food ads, measured their attitudes about the ads and advertised brands, […]

Announcement of CSCH Encore Grant Awardees

CSCH is pleased to announce and congratulate the awardees of our FY2018 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. […]

UConn Science Salon Featured Work of CSCH

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. […]

First CSCH Encore Conference

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 […]

Hispanic Youth Visits to Food and Beverage Company Websites

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.

Student Acceptance of Plain Milk Increases Significantly 2 Years after Flavored Milk Is Removed from School Cafeterias

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.

Announcement of CSCH Grant Awardees

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) […]

Adolescent Adjustment Project

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 […]

Guidelines for Community Partnership Research

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

Examining the Effects of a Novel Exergaming Experience in Middle-School Youth

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 […]

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 […]