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November 21, 2016



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CT Public Health Association Annual Meeting

November 10, 2016 - New Haven, CT



Bruce Gould, MD, Executive Director of CT AHEC and Associate Dean of Primary Care for the UConn School of Medicine, participated in a session about "Bridging the Gap Between Community and Healthcare." He spoke about, "Community Health Workers: The Bridge to Improved Health and Enhanced Healthcare Delivery in Connecticut." In many parts of the world, community health workers (CHWs) provide a connection between individuals, families, neighborhoods and public health institutions and healthcare delivery systems to improve healthcare access and optimize health for some of the most vulnerable and underserved populations. As part of Connecticut's State Innovation Model (SIM), the CHW Workforce Development Initiative aims to help further integrate CHWs into the delivery of care in the state and enhance their vital work. The SIM CHW Initiative will outline the path that Connecticut is taking to develop this critical public health profession.



CPHHP hosted a table at the CPHA annual meeting. Erin Havens, MPH, MPA (left) attended to answer questions about CPHHP programs, and Katie Boyle, MPH (center) and Casey Calkins (right) were there to promote snap4ct.org and Husky Nutrition Programs.




Riddhi Doshi, MBBS, MPH traveled to Chicago to present two posters at the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) annual meeting. She successfully presented her posters titled, "Utilizing a State-level, Integrated, Discharge Database to Monitor the Trend in Potentially Preventable Hospitalizations for Congestive Heart Failure" and "Assessing the impact of mobile-based intervention on health literacy among pregnant women in urban India."




Connecticut Area Health Education Center Network (CT AHEC) News


2016 Primary Care Leadership Award from the Connecticut Center for Primary Care

Lisa Fredrickson, DSII (UConn School of Dental Medicine), Maame A. Obeng, NS4 (UConn School of Nursing) and Roshni Patel, MSII (UConn School of Medicine) received leadership awards at the 9th Annual Primary Care Summit held 11/10/16 in Farmington, CT. These Urban Service Track (UST) health scholars collaborated on a summer research project that identified a real need to provide training and support for current health professions students engaged in addressing social determinants of health in underserved communities. Their research results informed the development of a clinical unit and resources as part of the 2016 UST Clinical Skills Boot Camp. Urban Service Track is sponsored by CT AHEC and annually engages more than 170 health professions trainees from two Universities, four campuses and six disciplines.


Leadership Training

The CT AHEC Program collaborated with the Connecticut Center for Primary Care on the delivery of leadership training for more than thirty health professions students at the 9th Annual Primary Care Summit (Marriott Farmington). The training focused on how to respond to social determinants of health for patients in underserved communities by utilizing interprofessional collaboration integrated with clinical and community resources. Elyse Perweiler, MPP, RN and Taly O'Dell, MD from the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, an AHEC affliate in New Jersey, led the discussion. More than forty people from seven academic institutions attended the morning session, as well as special training programs provided by the University of Massachusetts' Rural Health Scholars, UConn's Geriatric Outreach and Training with Care (GOT Care!), and CT AHEC's Urban Service Track. Karen Pasquale, MPH, a UConn alumna and past director of the CT Center for Primary Care, is now serving as ProHealth's Meaningful Use Program Coordinator. Ms Pasquale noted, "the leadership training was the most well attended, extremely relevant to issues affecting primary care, and drew learners from across the clinical continuum, including students, clinicians and faculty. This type of training really helps build leadership and advocacy skills for future and current providers."




Husky Nutrition Program News


President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll


The University of Connecticut was recently named to the 2015 President's Honor Roll in three categories:  general community service, economic opportunity and education.  The University was named with Distinction for the General Community Service Category for their work in 2013-2014 in dedication to community, service learning, and civic engagement activities.   There are more than 133 community engagement progams at UConn.  Husky Nutrition Programs was honored to be one of the three programs chosen by the University to highlight in their submission for honor roll recognition.


The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll recognizes higher education institutions that support exemplary community service programs and raise the visibility of effective practices in campus-community partnerships. The Honor Roll's Presidential Award is the highest federal recognition an institution can receive for its commitment to community, service-learning, and civic engagement.


Husky Reads and Husky Nutrition have been in existence since 1994 and during the 2013-14 academic year there were 12 staff and 191 student participants who delivered a range of nutrition education and physical activity programs to 195 locations for low-income families and children residing in Connecticut, with a concentration in the City of Hartford and in Windham County.


CPHHP/CQM Brown Bag Lecture Series:

Time and location:  11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. 195 Farmington Ave., U3071 A/B - 3rd floor conference room, Farmington Campus

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Reinhard Laubenbacher, Ph.D.; UConn Health, Director, Center for Quantitative Medicine (CQM)

"Agent-based modeling and its applications in healthcare"

Modeling and simulation are increasingly used in healthcare research, in particular in population health using a systems approach. Examples of application areas include the study of health interventions, such as smoking cessation or weight reduction approaches. So-called agent-based or individual-based models are very popular for this purpose, due to their flexibility and ease of construction. This talk will provide an introduction to agent-based models, their basic structure, with a detailed discussion of some specific models.


InCHIP 2016 - 2017 Lecture Series:

Time and location:  12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Ryan Building, Room 204 (2nd Floor), Storrs Campus

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Kari Kugler, Ph.D.; The Pennsylvania State University

"Expanding the Tool Box: Using the Multiphase Optimization Strategy to Build Effective and Efficient Interventions."

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Lisa Butler, Ph.D; UConn

"Pediatric HIV Disclosure: Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial in Kampala, Uganda"

(InCHIP lectures can also be viewed via a live web stream.)


The 54th Connecticut Junior Sciences and Humanities Symposium

UConn Health and CT AHEC are sponsoring Connecticut's top high school students on Saturday, March 11, 2017 in Farmington, CT.

Complete details are available on the symposium website.

Online registration is open at: http://www.ctjshs.uconn.edu until December 6, 2016, and the last day to modify registrations for potential presenters is January 6, 2017.



The 2016 Provost's Awards for Excellence in Public Engagement


Congratulations to two CPHHP colleagues who were nominated, selected by peer-review, and recognized for their outstanding work.


Bruce E. Gould, MD

Primary Care, Department of Medicine, School of Medicine

Category: Non-Tenure Track Faculty


Much of Dr. Gould's career has been focused on public engagement and compassionate service to underserved communities. In 1995, he was appointed the first Associate Dean for Primary Care at the UConn School of Medicine. In this capacity, he established the Connecticut Area Health Education Center (CT AHEC) Program, which was awarded core funding from HRSA in 1997 and has been funded continuously since that time. CT AHEC programs include the Youth Health Service Corps, Collegiate Health Service Corps, and Urban Service Track. In 1996, he founded and remains the advisor for the Migrant Farm Workers Free Mobile Clinic. In addition to his UConn duties, Dr. Gould also serves as Medical Director for the Community Health Center Association of CT's Practice Transformation Network which is funded by the Center for Medicare/Medicaid Innovation. He is Principal Investigator for the State Innovation Model Community Health Worker Workforce Initiative. He is also the Medical Director for the City of Hartford Department of Health and Human Services. His enthusiasm, dedication, and generous efforts have made positive impacts on students, colleagues, and patients for many years.


Gabriel S. Colon, B.S. Candidate '17

Exercise Science, Department of Kinesiology, College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources

Category: Undergraduate Student

CPHHP faculty and staff nominated Gabe Colon for his commitment and dedication as a Husky Summer Scholar and Intern. During the last three summers, Gabe delivered nutrition education lessons, promoted physical activity, and served as a positive role model for children and families in underserved populations of Hartford and surrounding towns. In addition, Gabe works as a student coordinator for sections of service-learning courses (Husky Reads and Husky Nutrition) training new students about the cultural and economic diversity of the people they serve. He has been a Resident Assistant for three years, helping new students assimilate to UConn, and led a medical volunteer trip to Nicaragua. He has successfully combined research activities in the Korey Stringer Institute and E.C. Lee Laboratory with his academic studies and has maintained Dean's list standing throughout. Gabe holds leadership positions with The Major Experience (TME) program and in the "Exercise is Medicine" UConn Club. He hopes to employ his passion and capabilites in the medical field.






Matthews, G.J., Harel, O., and Aseltine, R.H. Jr.. Privacy protection and aggregate health data: A review of methods (not) employed in public health data systems. Health Services and Outcomes Research Methodology, 2016,16: 258.


Lora KR, Hubbs-Tait L, Ferris AM, Wakefield DB.  African-American and Hispanic children's beverage intake: Differences in associations with desire to drink, fathers' feeding practices, and weight concerns. Appetite 2016;107:558-567.


Metzner JL, Trestman RL, Hurt BL, Hamilton JP.  Alternatives to long-term solitary confinement. Correctional Law Reporter, 28:39-51, 2016.



Matthews, G.J., Harel, O., and Aseltine, R.H. Jr. A review of statistical disclosure control techniques employed by web-based data query systems. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. (In press).


Doshi, R., Aseltine, R.H. Jr., Sabina, A., Graham, G. Racial and ethnic disparities in preventable hospitalizations for chronic disease: Prevalence and risk factors. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities.


Berthold, S. M., Dong, S., Kuoch, T., Schilling, E.A., An, R., Blatz, M., Fukuda, S. (in press).  Combating health disparities in Cambodian American communities: A CBPR approach to building community capacity. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action.


Barry LC, Wakefield DB, Trestman RL, Conwell Y.  Disability in Prison Activities of Daily Living and Likelihood of Depression and Suicidal Ideation in Older Prisoners. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 2016 August


L Kersten, M Pratzlich, S Mannstadt, K Ackermann, G Kohls, H Oldenhof, D Saure; B Herpertz-Dahlmann; A Popma; C M Freitag; R L Trestman; C Stadler  START NOW: Study protocol of a quasi-randomised clinical trial testing a comprehensive skills training for adolescent females with oppositional defiant and conduct disorders, Trials, In Press.


Trestman RL, Baskin-Somers A. "Research in Corrections," In:  Gold L, Frierson R, Textbook of Forensic Psychiatry, American Psychiatric Press, In Press.


Trestman RL, Applebaum KL, Metzner JL. "Clinical Treatment in Corrections," In:  Gold L, Frierson R, Textbook of Forensic Psychiatry, American Psychiatric Press, In Press.

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