The State of Connecticut applied for the "Communities Putting Prevention to Work" grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The grant is intended to address obesity, physical inactivity, poor nutrition, and tobacco use/exposure. New Haven would be the state's partner in the project.
Members of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Community Solutions Project surveyed and interviewed community leaders to gather information on the ways in which social context and environmental factors influence health.
A press conference to kick off this project is scheduled for Friday, October 2, 2009, at 11 a.m. in City Hall. (New Haven, CT) September 24, 2009. Residents of six New Haven neighborhoods will be surveyed this fall about their current health and health habits as part of a long-term project that seeks to reverse growing rates of chronic disease in the city.