What We Do

CARE's research tackles chronic disease by focusing on social, environmental, and behavioral risk factors. Chronic diseases associated with these behaviors now account for 75% of our nation's $2.5 trillion health expenditure and 70% of deaths. However, many illnesses and deaths are preventable.

In New Haven, where wealth disparities compound widening health disparities, residents are at elevated risk for chronic diseases and many negative health outcomes when compared to Connecticut and the country as a whole. 

CARE conducts longitudinal intervention studies in New Haven neighborhoods and schools, including cohort studies and randomized trials that are designed to measure, better understand, and help reverse these trends.

CARE is committed to rigorous scientific inquiry that is guided by, and provides direct benefits to, our neighborhoods, schools, and the wider New Haven community. As illustrated by the figure above, our shared vision- to bring evidence to action to improve health- follows the Institute of Medicine's Framework for Collaborative Public Health Action in Communities.

Implementation Phases

Step 1

Step 1. Assessment & Collaborative Planning

Engage, research, job building, and hosting community forums.

Step 2

Step 2. Targeted Action & Interventions

Collaborating with neighborhood partners, launching initiatives, conducting evidence-based programs, and acknowledging community heroes.

Step 3

Step 3. Community & System Change

Stimulating community sustainability, changing the neighborhood food environment, creating infrastructure to sustain health schools, reviewing Federal and state policies, and identifying...

Step 4

Step 4. Widespread Behavioral & Environmental Change & Risk

Conducting multi-level data analyses, seeking funding to measure changes in neighborhoods, and conducting comparison studies.

weight crop

Step 5. Improved Population-Level Health Outcomes

Through a collaborative approach, we expect to prevent, reduce, and control chronic disease by creating environments and policies that reduce exposure to risk factors for obesity.