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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Evaluation of a rapid re-housing program for young adults


Currently, there is a significant gap in knowledge about the […]

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.

Enhancing Community Capacity for Preventing Prescription Drug Misuse

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ICR is working with the West Hartford Substance Abuse Prevention Commission (WHSAPC) and community partners to develop a community needs assessment and strategic plan to reduce prescription drug misuse among West Hartford youth and young adults, with particular attention to minority, high-risk youth.

Youth Action Hub


The Youth Action Hub is a center of research and advocacy staffed and led by youth/young adults to contribute youth voice in current research and policy advocacy around youth homelessness in Connecticut.

A Study of the Risks and Resilience of Unstably Housed Youth


This pilot study seeks to understand the risks and resilience of unaccompanied unstably housed youth living in small urban areas in Connecticut with high HIV prevalence, and to pilot test an internet-based peer recruitment methodology (webRDS) to reach groups of youth who are not using services.

Building the Capacity of Facilitators to Implement YPAR in Oregon


OHA and ICR partnered to develop and evaluate a set of training resources to accompany ICR's YPAR Curriculum Adapted for Oregon.

Pathways Minority Supplement

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This was a study of the sale and distribution of drugs by urban and suburban Latino youth as source of subsistence in the context of extremely limited economic opportunities.

Urban Lifestyles: Club Drugs, Resource Inequities and Health Risks in Urban Youth

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This cutting-edge study examined the mechanisms through which potentially dangerous new club, dance-related and prescription drugs (often referred to as "designer drugs") were diffusing into the urban environment in Hartford.

Pathways to High-Risk Drug Abuse Among Urban Youth

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This 4-year study identified critical factors responsible for the transition from "soft" or "gateway" drug use to "hard" drug use, including injection drug use, among multiethnic inner city young adults in Hartford, CT.

Rollin’ and Dustin’: Pathways to Urban Life Styles

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This traveling exhibit, a collaboration of ICR and the Hartford Animation Institute, was designed to present almost 10 years of research findings on the lifestyles and drug use of young people in Hartford, CT. 

MDMA Project

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The purpose of this study was to discover whether and in what ways MDMA contributes to sexual behavior and decision making, and when its use is associated with lack of protection.