Our Focus

Achieving sustainable health and wellness for communities and individuals requires addressing the determinants of health for communities and individuals, including the social-physical-economic environment, behaviors, health services, biology and genetics, and public policy.

To really move the needle on some of the challenges that we see in health across populations and geographies, we need to really take a closer look at what affects health and well-being, and begin to bridge the gap that often happens between research in academia and its application in our neighborhoods and communities.

Sarah Allred, PhD, faculty director at Senator Walter Reed Institute for Public Affairs at Rutgers-Camden and principal investigator of CDHW-IRG

At the same time, technical advances for determining what is known and actionable regarding health and wellness, from omics to information and communication technology, are disrupting practices of treatment, prevention, and engagement across communities and health systems. These technical advances create possibilities for radically tailoring health interventions to individuals, populations, and communities while generating new sources of data and techniques for aggregation and interpretation. These technical advances also create new risks for individuals and communities that require careful attention.

Technology is advancing at an unprecedented rate and providing a wealth of information and opportunities to some, while often leaving others behind. When it comes to health and well-being, this disconnect can have serious consequences, not only for individuals but entire populations. With advances in data and changes in the way we communicate about health, we can work to ensure that technology is enhancing our collective well-being.

Mark Aakhus, PhD, Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Communications, and principal investigator for CDHW

The emerging landscape calls for critical, creative engagement across communities and health systems to invent and reinvent information and communication practices in treatment and prevention to address the determinants of health and wellness in effective, systemic, and legitimate ways.

Project Overview

Through CDHW, the CDHW-IRG seeks to catalyze community-engaged, interdisciplinary, cross-campus research that creates solutions to the gaps, risks, and opportunities for health and wellness that lie at the intersections of population health, personalized medicine, and the evolving communication and information context in New Jersey and beyond.

Projects supported include individual investigator and collaborative-type projects. While each will have individual goals and focus areas, the CDHW-IRG seeks to develop a portfolio of projects that, when taken together, offer a more comprehensive engagement in creating solutions and generating knowledge.

Faculty Fellows and Graduate Student Awards

These projects are smaller Individual projects focused on analysis of existing data or evaluation of an existing program. They are more defined in scope and involve a community partner(s).
Funding awards are $3,000 each.

Collaborative Projects

Projects in this category include multidisciplinary teams that involve community partner(s) and four or more investigators across Rutgers academic units. Teams are composed of relevant and diverse experts from social-behavioral sciences, medical science, computer-information-engineering science, and humanities. Funding amounts are between $10,000 and $25,000.