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Projects and Events

Ongoing Funded Projects:

Evaluation of the Claremont Housing Healthy Village Partnership

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) requested an evaluation of the Claremont Housing Healthy Village Partnership (CHHVP), to serve as a template for an expanded partnership to improve diabetes management, diabetes prevention, and general health of public housing residents in future years. The CHHVP is a collaboration of multiple community agencies intended to engage the community in health prevention and control efforts while also providing an on-site integrated health care system to support residents in living a healthy lifestyle and create positive health outcomes. The Fordham Center for Community-Engaged Research (CCER) evaluation was selected by the ADA to be used as a model for the organization's other markets, and CCER's director was invited to speak at the ADA's Third Annual Foundation Relations Organizational Learning and Knowledge Conference. The Center was also asked to serve as lead evaluator on an impending grant proposal.

Media Exposure:

  • Video-taped interview by The Bronx Documentary Center on the evaluation conducted and progress of the project, April 2014.
  • Web Exposure: https://www.newschallenge.org/challenge/healthdata/entries/claremont-healthy-village-initiative

 

Supporting Children's Holistic Well-Being by Means of a Health Promoting Intervention

Researchers from the University of Pretoria, Department of Educational Psychology, collaborated with Fordham's Center for Community-Engaged Research (CCER) and the Department of Psychology on a grant submitted to the South African National Research Foundation (NRF), Research and Innovation Support and Advancement (RISA). The overarching aim of the study is to enhance holistic well-being among primary school children who face vulnerability due to poverty and related risk factors. The specific objective of the study is to determine to what extent a multidisciplinary health promoting intervention with seven to nine year old children may inform their lifestyle behaviour in an attempt to (a) promote healthy nutrition and combat overweight and obesity, (b) support physical performance in terms of health-related fitness, skills-related fitness and metabolic fitness, (c) support psychosocial wellbeing, and (d) support scholastic performance and motivation to perform.

The proposal was awarded funding for a 3-year period from the South African NRF Competitive Programme for Rated Researchers (CPRR). Lead researchers from the University of Pretoria traveled to the US to convene meetings with Fordham collaborators July 10-15, 2014 to discuss next steps and program logistics. Fordham faculty and Zihaldi Rohoman, Safety and Youth Development Department, NYC Department of Education for Bronx school districts 6 through 12 developed a plan for the Bronx intervention. As a result of the meeting two elementary schools in the Bronx will participate along with two elementary schools outside of Pretoria, South Africa. Initial assessments and teacher and parent meetings are scheduled for this Fall. The intervention will begin in Spring 2015.


The Mary Mitchell Family & Youth Center

In 2013-14, the Fordham Center for Community-Engaged Research (CCER) Graduate Assistant, Audra Olazabal, Psychology, designed and implemented of a series of professional development workshops to train Mary Mitchell staff members of an inner-city after school program in the theoretical underpinnings and practical application of positive youth development, group development, sensory regulation, ADHD regulation, identification of behaviors that may indicate pathology, and classroom/group management. These workshops provided program staff with training on the existing research on effective interventions and with relevant strategies that would support their efforts to provide high quality youth programming for an underserved and historically marginalized population. Staff responses were very positive and helpful for adapting these professional workshops for other community centers, schools, not-for-profits, and nonprofits.


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