Institute for Community Health Promotion

About the Institute for Community Health Promotion

One of 11 active, nationally renowned research centers within Brown’s School of Public Health, the Institute for Community Health Promotion conducts interdisciplinary, empirical research to promote healthier behaviors and environments. Our overarching topical strengths are in the areas of HIV primary and secondary prevention, global public health, LGBT health, substance addiction treatment, obesity, smoking, exercise and nutrition, and behavioral medicine.

Our people have collective expertise in intervention development and testing, clinical trials, epidemiologic methods, advanced biostatistics, qualitative research, and program evaluation. We maintain strong collaborative relationships with a wide array of hospitals, community service organizations, and worksites, as well as with major funding institutions.

ICHP faculty mentor and train undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral students, as well as clinical and research post-doctoral fellows. We actively pursue and receive grants from a variety of funding sources, including but not limited to the AmFAR Foundation for AIDS Research, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Harvard University Center for AIDS Research, the Lifespan/Tufts/Brown Center for AIDS Research, MAC AIDS Fund, National Institutes of Health, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Tufts Health Plan Foundation.

Our Mission

To improve health, especially in underserved populations, by conducting interdisciplinary research and education to empower individuals, providers, organizations, and communities to practice and promote healthier behaviors and environments.

Our Vision

To become nationally and internationally recognized as a dynamic, interdisciplinary research center in community health promotion.

Recent Publications

Innovative video tailoring for dietary change: final results of the Good for you! cluster randomized trial
Kim M. Gans, Patricia Markham Risica, Akilah Dulin-Keita, Jennifer Mello, Mahin Dawood, Leslie O. Strolla and Ofer Harel
International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2015, 12:130  doi:10.1186/s12966-015-0282-5

Effective, low-cost approaches are needed to enhance dietary behavior change. While both video and tailoring technology have been effective interventions to improve diet, these approaches have never been combined to study the effectiveness of tailored videos. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the results of Good For You!, a randomized trial that tested the efficacy of innovative, individually tailored videos in helping worksite employees decrease dietary fat and increase fruit and vegetable (F&V) intake.