Health Behavior

This research area focuses on improving our population’s health and wellness through human empowerment. The cluster will place an emphasis on studying birth-to-young-adult populations to reduce impact and risk of mental health, substance abuse and other risk behaviors. Collaborations with the cluster are being fostered to define and address the specific challenges of rural youth.


Research Needs

70%

OF PREVENTABLE DEATH FROM NON-COMMUNICABLE DISEASES LINKED TO RISKS AND BEHAVIORS STARTED DURING ADOLESCENCE

50%

PERCENTAGE OF MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS THAT ARE ESTABLISHED BY THE AGE OF 14

BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH INCLUDING SOCIAL, PHYSICAL, LIFESTYLE, BIOLOGICAL AND POLICY DETERMINANTS


Short Term Goals

  • Design community intervention trials focusing on birth-kindergarten and school-age populations that address mental health
  • Create community intervention trials focusing on birth-kindergarten and school-age populations that address heart health
  • Develop community intervention trials focusing on birth-kindergarten and school-age populations that address behavioral health including risky behaviors

Long Term Goals

  • Address economic, education and health disparities by providing researchers collaboration opportunities to work with students to increase risk behavior outcomes
  • Create research-informed interventions to target risky behaviors and improve child health
  • Develop a research team with expertise in target populations and selected health behaviors

Research Approaches

  • Focus on NIH and federal funding to support health behavior projects and studies led by research cluster members
  • Partner with external agencies, including RTI International, local school systems, local hospitals and county health departments to target community-based health behavior disparities
  • Address health policies aimed to improve child and adolescent health outcomes

 


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Kim Larson
Co-Director - Health Behavior
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Samuel Sears
Co-Director Health Behavior