Research and Engagement Projects

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Implementation of an Educator Participatory Program for Improving Work Environments on Health and Wellbeing

In this project, the Healthy Workplace Participatory Program tool has been adapted for use in schools to improve teacher health and wellness. Throughout this project, teams of teachers across multiple schools identify the top health and wellness concerns of staff at their school, design intervention packages aimed at resolving these problems, and propose the interventions to a group of administrators for approval, implementation, and evaluation.

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Lisa Sanetti

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North Hartford Triple Aim Leadership Collaborative

The NHTAC uses a collective impact approach to drive greater alignment of resources and effective collaboration among residents, organizations, government, and investors. The neighborhood triple aims are improvement in population health, improvement in well-being, and improved value of public and private investment.

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Carol Polifroni


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.

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Christine McCauley Ohannessian

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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.

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Rory McGloin

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Effectiveness of Brain Breaks to Improve Physical Literacy

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.

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Lindsay DiStefano

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A Low Cost Portable Device for Breastfeeding Diagnostics

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.

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Ruth Lucas

THink about the link: academic social emotional physical behavioral whole child

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 in school and child health.