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The CVP broadens the impact of effective, innovative solutions by developing local, regional, national, and global networks that facilitate policies to reduce health disparities worldwide.


Why is research critical to improving health of vulnerable populations?

Understanding how various factors put vulnerable communities at risk for poor health and inadequate healthcare allow us to develop innovative strategies to address these factors and improve health. New knowledge about the basic biology of hypertension in young African Americans (an important risk factor for stroke and heart disease) allows us to focus prevention and treatment efforts more effectively in this population. New knowledge about effective use of technologies to improve communication in patients with limited literacy allows for more effective healthcare approaches for the management of diabetes. New knowledge about food insecurity and how this places poor communities at risk for diabetes motivates advocacy around issues of hunger and health.

The research in CVP is action-oriented. We strive to harness our research to develop innovative real-world solutions that are sustainable, capable of implementation among at-risk vulnerable communities locally, with the potential for replication more broadly. The mission of CVP is translating research into solutions for at-risk communities that are highly effective, sensible, and sustainable. An example of just such a solution is the automated telephone self-management of chronic conditions.

Why do we engage with community?

Engaging community enables CVP researchers to strengthen the links between research and practice, allowing us to translate research into real solutions and results. Our work with the communities we serve also facilitates dissemination of our research findings and helps build networks that are important for advocacy and policy change. The CVP researchers have pioneered strong links and channels of communication through partnerships with community-based organizations allowing us to extend our reach and impact. An example of a community-engaged initiative is The Bigger Picture project.

Why do we work with policy-makers?

Chronic diseases have become the leading contributor to poor health and premature deaths across the world and will require policy-level changes to promote healthy environments and effective healthcare interventions. The CVP broadens the impact of effective, innovative solutions by working with policy makers to help shape and change policy that impact those at higher risk for chronic diseases. Several CVP faculty members serve on local, state, national, and international policy organization and participate in developing national and international policies guidelines that impact the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases. Communication between local entities and beyond is critical to improving public health.