Mission Statement

The Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center (PRC) is committed to research pertaining to the primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention of chronic disease that is responsive to the priorities of residents of New Haven, the Lower Naugatuck Valley, and other communities in the state of Connecticut.

Our Research Center, established in 1998, continues its long-standing focus on chronic disease prevention, while currently expanding its emphasis to include prevention research in the digital age. 

Our research projects and partnerships are aligned with Healthy People 2030 objectives that relate to health conditions (diabetes; heart disease and stroke; and overweight and obesity) and health behaviors (nutrition and healthy eating; and physical activity).

Every 5 years, we dedicate our efforts toward conducting a primary applied public health prevention research project (Core Research Projectusing a community-based participatory research approach, to benefit an underserved population with a high risk of chronic disease.

In addition to our Core Research Project, we also conduct clinical research to investigate the role of nutrition in health and chronic disease prevention, and play an active role in other community partnerships and projects to benefit the health of the public..


  • To advance prevention research, with a primary focus on addressing health disparities and preventing diabetes, obesity, and cardio-metabolic disease in underserved communities.
  • To nurture and grow a network of collaborations and partnerships devoted to community-based participatory research (CBPR) methods.
  • To maintain the requisite resources for effective communication, dissemination and translation of research advances to practice, programs, and policy.
  • To pursue innovative approaches to dissemination and widespread scalability through public and private sector partnerships.
  • To maintain and cultivate the resources and infrastructure to support a thriving research agenda, with supplemental funding from other grants.
  • To provide training and ongoing education to public health students and practitioners, medical residents, collaborators, members of partnering organizations and communities, and staff.
  • To sustain and grow a research agenda that advances the science and practice of chronic disease prevention, with an emphasis on digital technology to influence behavior and health outcomes.