ICR’s work includes research and programming on a wide range of topics related to social justice, disparities, cultural representation, and community partnerships. Our research addresses health and wellbeing across the age spectrum and uses cutting edge social science and participatory research methodologies. Click on the links below for more information and examples of research and programming in each area of ICR’s work:

 

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Youth Food Program Alliance

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The Youth Food Program Alliance brings together effective systems change, agriculture, and culinary programs working with young people across CT to build their abilities and resources.

Participatory System Dynamics Modeling to Simulate HIV Test-and-Treat Improvements

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This study uses community participatory system dynamics (SD) group model building (GMB) and multiple data sources to build a SD computational/simulation model of the HIV care continuum in Greater Hartford, CT as a tool to reduce the epidemic.

HIV Community Viral Load (CVL) Study

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This study is designed to engage multiple community stakeholders, including providers and people with HIV, to develop a comprehensive system dynamics model that can be used to understand how systemic processes affect HIV community viral load (CVL).

Assessing Perceived Risk of Dental Treatments for Pregnant Women on Medicaid

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This exploratory study was designed to examine barriers to the provision of allowable dental care to pregnant patients on Medicaid in Connecticut, despite the known benefits and safety of prenatal dental care.

Drug use, Housing and HIV risk in Low-Income Urban Residents

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This 4-year study explored the relationship between structural factors of housing (access to housing subsidies and programs, status and stability) and HIV risk among low-income drug users compared to non-drug users.

Project Protect

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This three-year study conducted in Hartford, CT explored readiness for use of vaginal microbicides as HIV prevention among women involved in high-risk activities, such as drug use and risky sex.

Smokeless Tobacco Project

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This 3-year study of a "slum" community in Mumbai identified outlets and available forms of smokeless tobacco and examined women’s smokeless tobacco practices in relation to their reproductive health.

Improving Access to Mental Health Services for Older Hartford Residents

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This three-year study identified the predictors and prevalence of depression and anxiety in a residential community of older, primarily minority, adults living in public and private senior housing in Hartford, CT.

Xperience Project

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This unique study piloted a performance-based intervention in partnership with Hartford youth, who developed drug-prevention messages to incorporate into performances of local artists at live shows, then disseminated them via a CD and other media.

Good Oral Health Project

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This project was designed to build infrastructure for clinical and community-based training and research on geriatric oral health and to build a statewide oral health research alliance to promote geriatric oral health projects.

Provider Supplement to the Female Condom project: Engaging Clinical Health Care Providers (CHCP) in Female Condom Promotion

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This 1-year study targeted Clinical Health Care Providers practicing in community and hospital-based outpatient primary care health centers and clinics in Hartford to examine factors affecting their willingness to promote the female condom for women’s HIV prevention.