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CARE: Community Alliance for Research and Engagement at Yale University
The City of New Haven is full of rich historical and cultural traditions. But today our community is at elevated risk for chronic disease problems typical of urban centers, such as obesity, asthma, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Poverty, social inequity and youth violence compound the exposure of vulnerable neighborhoods to health risks. CARE was established in 2007 to bring a unique focus to these challenges through community action research – for the first time, bridging scientists at Yale and the New Haven community for a sharper understanding of the causes, consequences, and solutions to chronic health risk in our local neighborhoods.
For more information on this University-community partnership, please see the CARE project webpage at http://care.yale.edu/. The organization's page contains press articles and other information.
Key Documents Related to CARE
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Major Ongoing Projects
Health Asset Maps of New Haven
In Summer 2009, teams of Youth@Work employees criss-crossed the city, documenting issues like poorly-lit parks and unsafe traffic conditions. Paul Bass of the New Haven Independent has reporting at http://www.newhavenindependent.org/archives/2009/07/map_quest.php. Please see http://www.ctdatahaven.org/blog/2009/11/health/ for a post about the asset mapping project.
- The complete set of public data from the mapping project will be posted here when available.
- A December 2011 online article in the American Journal of Public Health, describing the asset mapping project, is posted at http://care.yale.edu/resources/104110_20101014%20Santilli-Dec.%202011.pdf
- A documentary about the project was created. It is hosted on this Knowledge Center at this page.
CARE plans to update these asset maps in 2013.
Health Survey of New Haven Residents
Approximately 1,400 adults in the city’s Dixwell, Dwight / West River, Fair Haven, Hill, Newhallville and West Rock neighborhoods were interviewed about their health and the health of their community, including access to health care, diet, exercise, and tobacco use as well as the neighborhood environment.
This information will be combined with data from already completed health maps of the same six neighborhoods and used to develop policy proposals and health programs to curb obesity, smoking, diabetes and other factors that contribute to the onset of chronic disease. New Haven, like other urban centers, disproportionately bears the burden of chronic disease. Such diseases account for 70 percent of all illness and death in the United States and 75 percent of health care costs—yet they are totally preventable.
Some of the data collected from the health survey is posted here, including the summaries of the 6 neighborhoods that participated (see the table of resources on the sidebar to download these), and other public reports. The full set of results is available through CARE.
Survey of New Haven Public School 5th and 6th Graders
In partnership with the New Haven Public Schools, CARE helped facilitate a survey of 5th and 6th grade students in 12 randomly selected schools. A summary of the data can be found here: File:NewHaven CARE SchoolDataSummary 2010.pdf
CARE has released a study showing that academic achievement is impacted by health factors. Please see the study here: File:CARE Health & Academic Achievement 2011.pdf
CARE and the New Haven Public Schools are continuing to collect a significant amount of student-level health data each year, and will publish additional summaries going forward.
2007 Future Search / Future of Health in New Haven Conference Proceedings
The Future of Health in New Haven May 14-15, 2007 New Haven, Connecticut Consensus Conference Proceedings: File:NewHaven CARE Future Search Summary.pdf
1. Health survey proves to be an eye-opener (New Haven Register, February 2010) http://www.nhregister.com/articles/2010/02/24/news/new_haven/a3-nehealthwalk.txt
2. Ring Ding? Nah. Gimme A Tofu Pup! Article on Proposed "Healthy Corner Store" Initiative in New Haven (New Haven Independent, September 2010): http://www.newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/corner_store_initiative/
3. Event puts spotlight on food issues (NH Register, 6/7/10) http://www.nhregister.com/articles/2010/06/07/news/new_haven/aa3nefoodfilm_art060710.txt
4. Group to promote healthful foods in several at-risk New Haven neighborhoods (NH Register, 9/27/10) http://www.nhregister.com/articles/2010/09/27/news/doc4ca015a245ad1409845388.txt
5. A Buzz Cut And A Checkup? (NH Independent, 12/2/09) http://newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/a_buzz_cut_and_a_checkup
6. CitySeed Eyes Hill Market (NH Independent, 4/1/10) http://newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/cityseed_to_open_market_in_hill_north/