National and global disparities in health are well documented, But we need more knowledge on how to mitigate such disparities.

The role of race, ethnicity, sex, sexual and gender identity, age, disability, socioeconomic status, and geography are well-documented indicators of an individual’s ability to maintain good health and reduce disease risk, yet the mechanisms by which these factors ultimately influence health are not well understood.

CRESP’s innovative, interdisciplinary approach to research is well positioned to investigate a range of programs and policies that seek to diminish the impact of demographic differences on health outcomes across settings in the U.S. and abroad. Of critical interest is not only understanding in which circumstances disparities are documented, but also uncovering which approaches best mitigate health inequalities.

While we seek to understand the nature and extent of the impact that disparities have on health and academic achievement, CRESP also seeks to advance our collective knowledge of why such disparities exist, and to understand what mechanisms are most promising as ways to reduce their impact. Defining these mechanisms, and utilizing and refining existing theory, will serve as a foundation for our work in the next five years.

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Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) Study
January 15, 2020 – June 30, 2021
Funder: Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS); Partnership for Health Communities (PHC), National Coalition of 100 Black Women -- Delaware Chapter and DE-CTR ACCEL

The study gathered data about the experiences of Black girls ages 10 to 19 who live in Delaware. Girls shared their live experiences, challenges, survival strategies, and resources. Led by The National Coalition of 100 Black Women (NC100BW), Delaware C …

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Leadership Education for Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (LEND) Evaluation
July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2021
Funder: Health Resources and Services Administration

The purpose of the LEND evaluation is to provide information to LEND staff about program implementation that enables them to continuously improve and shape the project, and to gauge the extent to which the program is on track to meet its goals.  The ev …

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Building Bridges: Improving Access to Timely and Appropriate Services for Children with ASD/DD and their Families Evaluation
September 1, 2016 – August 31, 2019
Funder: Health Resources and Services Administration

The Building Bridges evaluation team works with project staff to assess program activities, as well as to facilitate the implementation of a capacity-building, quality improvement process based on data-driven decision-making. The evaluation design uses …

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Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Farmers’ Market Voucher Program Research (National, NYC, Florida) and Ladder for Growth: A National Network to Build Capacity and Test Innovative Strategies for Healthy Food Incentives
April 1, 2015 – May 31, 2019
Funder: Wholesome Wave/Florida Organic Growers/NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene/USDA

CRESP measured the impact of expanded nutrition program incentive vouchers at a network of farmers’ markets. More specifically, CRESP conducted a rigorous, multi-site, randomized control trial between September of 2015 and September of 2017 at 76 farme …

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The Impact of Healthy Food Marketing Strategies in Supermarkets
September 1, 2014 – August 31, 2018
Funder: National Institutes of Health (R01)

The study evaluated the impact of varied, low-cost in-store marketing strategies in 32 supermarkets in predominantly low-income, high-minority neighborhoods; specifically, the marketing of healthier products through placement and promotion in six produ …

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USDA Potluck Panic
September 1, 2012 – April 30, 2018
Funder: USDA

University of Delaware, New Mexico State University, and University of Maryland Eastern-Shore faculty collaborated to design an educational online food safety game named “Potluck Panic”. The goal of the game is to increase awareness and understanding o …

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Delaware Food Research Network (DEFRN)
December 11, 2019 –

The Delaware Food Research Network (DEFRN) brings together a group of individuals, including researchers, policymakers, and advocates, dedicated to many facets of improving food and nutrition for Delawareans. The Network believes that through research, …

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