CARE: Community Alliance for Research and Engagement

The City of New Haven has a rich history and culture that enhances the quality of life for all residents. But today the health of our community is threatened by chronic diseases typical of many urban centers, such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and asthma. CARE was established in 2007 to identify solutions to New Haven’s health challenges through an approach known as community engaged research.  We aim to   improve the health of New Haven residents through visionary leadership, community engagement, collaborative community-based research, and dissemination of findings.

We have developed unique collaborations between Yale scientists and the New Haven community. This unprecedented alliance includes community organizations, neighborhood associations, hospitals and health centers, city government and public schools, faith communities, arts and cultural institutions, businesses, Yale University and its School of Public Health, and other academic partners domestically and globally. We bring evidence to action to improve health.

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Partners in Health: Hunger and Health

In a 2012 survey of 1,298 adults, four in ten residents reported "food insecurity" - meaning that they or their family did not have enough food or money to buy food in the past 30 days. People who struggle to pay for groceries often can't afford healthier foods like fresh produce. CARE's SNAP outreach program seeks to understand and address this gap in food insecurity.

CARE in Brief
Download a snapshot of our progress here.

Featured Partners

Get Healthy CT
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The mission of Get Healthy CT is to eliminate obesity by removing the barriers to healthy eating and physical activity through the inclusive collaboration of key stakeholders in our community.

Campaign for a Stronger Connecticut
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CARE is the official neighborhood partner of the Campaign for a Stronger Connecticut.

Research Methodology

In 2012, we began initiating evidence-based interventions to implement District Wellness Policies aimed at improving nutrition and physical activity in schools. Additionally, in September 2012, we replicated our household survey to determine whether we had any environmental, social, behavioral or health impacts in our three intervention neighborhoods