Doing good by doing research in R.I.

Doing good by doing research

The Live Well/Viva Bien market is a dependable source of fresh produce for residents of Kennedy Manor in Woonsocket. For public health researchers, it’s a way to measure the impact of improved diet on the community’s health. Credit: Photos by Mike Cohea/Brown University

The community benefits of public health research are substantial, but they don't always flow from a laboratory. The data gathering is often door-to-door and face-to-face, and the research often involves the very people whose health will be improved by the findings. “It’s all focused on the health of the population,” says Terrie Fox Wetle, dean of Brown's School of Public Health.