Center for Population Health & Outcomes

The Center for Population Health and Outcomes Research aims to advance the understanding of population health through research, education, interventions, policy, and community partnerships. The Center has a diverse group of researchers, clinicians, community members, and patient families who are invested in improving health status, health equity, and quality of life for children in the communities we serve. This work includes suicide prevention, management of asthma in the community, understanding barriers to research in racial and ethnic minorities, and investigating clinical pathways to improve health outcomes, among many others. Research is supported from various organizations, including the National Institutes of Health, the State of Connecticut, the EPA, and local foundations.

Behavioral Health

Led by Dr. Melissa Santos, Behavioral Health research encompasses a diverse, interdisciplinary team of investigators at Connecticut Children’s Research Institute working to reduce the impact and stigma of behavioral health disorders and improve quality of life for children and adolescents.  Behavioral health factors impact all of our divisions here at Connecticut Children’s and our work reflects this wide span.   Research in this area comes from our Division of Pediatric Psychology under Dr. Santos, which focuses on children with comorbid medical and psychological conditions; Injury Prevention, led by Kevin Borrup, which focuses on community behavioral health needs and suicide screening; and Nursing, which includes validation of a tool to provide support in the Emergency Department.  Behavioral Health researchers’ current projects are funded at the federal, state, and local level. Future studies include a collaborative grant submission to enhance access for LGBTQ+ adolescents and grant submissions aimed at understanding long COVID’s impact on behavioral health.  COVID-19 continues to guide investigators research pursuits with a goal of cohesive behavioral health research and treatment for children and families affected by the pandemic.

Nursing Research

The Institute for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) at Connecticut Children’s has a history of producing nurse-driven pediatric and family-centered research. Nursing Research and EBP is fundamentally grounded in its mission to improve the health and wellbeing of the children and families we serve and those in the broader community. We embrace innovation, exploration, interdisciplinary collaboration, and translation of evidence into practice. As a Magnet-Designated organization, Connecticut Children’s values and supports the advancement of Nursing Research. The Institute for Nursing Research and EBP sponsors Nursing Grand Rounds, infuses evidence into daily practice, encourages an environment of inquiry, and creates opportunities that grow and develop nurses as scholars.

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