Center for Community Health Partnerships (CCHP)
- Dr. Kelly is currently working on a study of children and physical activity
at charter schools in Newark and Perth Amboy. She is examining adolescent
exposure to community violence and the impact it has on their healthrelated
quality of life (HRQoL). This research project is the first step in
developing a mindfulness-based meditation as an intervention to decrease
the effects of exposure to violence on adolescents. Dr. Kelly is working
with undergraduate honors students, who have presented and published on
extensions of her work.
- Dr. Caplan is training community health workers, Promotoras, for
a planned study of depression and stigma in the Latino community. She
conducted a pilot feasibility study of El Buen Consejo (Good Advice), a
mental health literacy and treatment engagement intervention designed for
Latinos in the faith-based setting.
Last spring, Dr. Caplan and Dr. D’Alonzo presented Engaging Community
Health Workers (CHWs) in CBPR: An Overview of the Training Process at
De Paul University.
- Dr. D’Alonzo works with community-based organizations in New Brunswick and the Mexican Consulate of New York City on several ongoing projects.
Project BRANCH uses immigrant men to teach other men about depression.
She is currently collecting data for a pilot study comparing biomarkers of
allostatic load and metabolic syndrome among Oaxacan immigrant
women living in New Brunswick and Oaxacan women living in Mexico.
Likewise, she has partnered with the Mexican Consulate’s Health Program
Ventanillas de Salud (Health Windows) and Sacred Heart Church for the
Buen Vecino (Good Neighbor) Project, where RSON faculty, students and
staff from the FOCUS Wellness Center have plans to provide hands on
clinical preventive services to Mexican immigrants in New Brunswick.
- Nayeli Salazar organized the first Binational Mexican American Summit
of New Jersey (BMASNJ) held on May 3, 2014 at Rutgers Business School
– New Brunswick. The conference showcased U.S. Census data, active nonprofit
organizations, government agencies, leadership programs,
community-based research and initiatives, and professorial partnerships.
The conferenece was organized in the realms of health, education,
immigration, economic development, and arts and culture. Distinguished
faculty participated as panel speakers, including Dr. D’Alonzo.
Representatives were present from the federal and state governments of
Mexico and the United States.