Our current research on housing,
opportunity, place, education.

Building data infrastructure in the SJV.

Good decisions on effective policies, services, and behaviors require timely, accurate, and relevant information. Unfortunately, limited health data exists in the San Joaquin Valley and without accurate data,  we cannot inform efforts to improve the health of populations. The Valley HOPE Initiative is a community-driven data collection project aimed at collecting household-level data on health and health outcomes with a focus on improving county-level ownership of public health data. We hope that our efforts can help inform policy decisions and strategic planning in the region.

Educational Trajectories and Health

This is an National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded study investigating education trajectories, the paths people take to complete their education, how it differs by sex, race/ethnicity, and family circumstances, and what the effect of different trajectories is on health outcomes. This study is conducted using data from the National Longitudianal Survey of Youth. The NLSY97 is a vital source of information for policy makers and researchers who want to know more about the experiences and concerns of people in your generation. The survey includes people who were born in the years 1980 to 1984 and living in the U.S. when the survey began in 1997.


HEAR and CHANT

HEAR and CHANT are in collaboration with Professor Leslie Dubbin of UC San Francisco. They are both funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation .Community Health After Neighborhood Transformation (CHANT) deploys mixed-methods to examine the health and social effects of HOPE SF, a public-private housing policy initiative designed to rebuild and redesign public housing developments into mixed-income neighborhoods in San Francisco. The CHANT research team aims to understand how these significant changes impact residents’ experiences and health outcomes. Health Effects After Renovation (HEAR) Study is a community-Engaged Inquiry Into the Health and Social Impacts of the Rental Assistance Demonstration Program Implementation in San Francisco.

Nicotine and Cannabis Policy Center

The NCPC is funded by the Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP). The mission of Nicotine and Cannabis Policy Center (NCPC) is to gather, understand and promote the thoughts and feelings of rural California residents on current tobacco and cannabis policy. This will be done via large scale surveys across 11 counties of the San Joaquin Valley and adjoining mountains. The results will then be used to develop achievable policy recommendations that work towards reducing tobacco-related diseases and deaths in this overlooked and underserved region of California. Dr. Yen is working as the lead of the training core aiming to address the gaps in nicotine and cannabis control efforts.


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