May 24, 2019
The Center for Community Health Equity Research in the UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences held a free community forum in celebration of Public Health Month on April 30 at the UMass Center in Springfield. Co-sponsored by the City of Springfield’s Department of Health and Human Services, the event featured presentations about public health and human development research projects being conducted in Springfield.
Presentations focused on research involving Men of Color Health Awareness (MOCHA) and Gambling in Mass.: At-risk Populations and Public Health.
In addition, UMass Amherst at Springfield’s Healthy Development Initiative provided a demonstration of its near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) brain monitor and discussed other research and outreach projects in the community.
Researchers also outlined the Food, Activity, Screens and Teens (FAST) study, led by Kinesiology’s John Sirard and taking place in the Springfield public schools. The study’s goal is to help understand patterns of weight-related behaviors and health outcomes across diverse groups of students.