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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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.

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