Current HJL Research Projects
Building Resilient Neighborhoods and Positive Social Networks to Prevent Gun Violence:
The overall objective of this study is to identify data-driven targets and asset-based strategies for interventions to mitigate the effects of gun violence in New Haven, CT and is the next step toward attainment of our long-term goal to develop, in partnership with community members, an approach to creating effective, durable, and strengths-based interventions to mitigate the impacts of gun violence that can be scaled and tailored to violence-endemic communities across the country. The central hypothesis of this study is that the novel application of network science and a disaster preparedness framework to build community resilience will allow community members to design an intervention to mitigate the impacts of gun violence.
JUSTICE Involved Individuals Study of Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology:
The overall objective of this study is to design the first longitudinal observational study of individuals released from a correctional facility to understand the epidemiology of cardiovascular disease risk factors and modifiable mediators of CVD risk factor control and is the first step toward attainment of our long-term goal to reduce morbidity and mortality among individuals with a history of incarceration and CVD risk factors. The central hypothesis of this study is that there are population-specific risk factors that exacerbate poor control of traditional CVD risk factors which contribute to the observed increase in CVD morbidity and mortality upon release.