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Click to Connect

click to connect logoClick to Connect: Improving Health Literacy through Internet Literacy is a randomized controlled trial designed to learn how participants recruited from adult literacy centers and given access to a computer and high-speed Internet search for and comprehend health information.

LAMPS (Linking Assessment and Measurement to Performance in PHEP Systems)

LAMPS logoLAMPS ( is a multidisciplinary study with the primary objective of assessing and validating public health emergency preparedness (PHEP) measures in the United States, and creating a performance measure center based at Harvard University.

The aims of the study include:

  • Investigating the sources of information on PHEP communications among groups of different ethnicities and socioeconomic statuses
  • Investigating how people in these populations are exposed to messages about emergency preparedness
  • Developing a set of valid and reliable measures of PHEP communications following the Measurement Development Cycle

PLANET Catalyst

PLANET Catalyst is a study that is being conducted by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Harvard Catalyst in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The goal of the study is to support community-based organizations in the cities of Brockton and Lowell in the delivery of effective evidence-based health programs. PLANET Catalyst is based on the PLANET MassCONECT study, which is currently being conducted in Boston, Lawrence, and Worcester.


PLANET MassCONECT logoPLANET MassCONECT ( aims to test a community-based participatory research model for disseminating evidence-based health programs to community groups. Its focus is on assessing the efficacy of three types of capital (human, social, and fiscal) in accelerating knowledge translation in diverse communities. It includes three components:

  1. Capacity building through its iCHPP (Institute for Community Health Program Planning)
  2. A tool kit that includes a website (, training manual, handouts, and case studies
  3. Pilot grants to provide practical experience in using PLANET tools

Project CLEAR (Cigarette Labels: Effectiveness and Resonance)

Beginning September 2012, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has mandated more prominent health warnings on all cigarette packaging as part of an effort to educate the public about the health risks associated with smoking. Project CLEAR, funded by the FDA, will study the impact of the newer graphic health warnings on smokers and non-smokers from vulnerable population groups.

The aims of the study include:

  • Assessing which of the nine new graphic health warnings is most effective across different groups.
  • Examining if the effects of health warnings last beyond the period of immediate exposure and whether there are differences in longer-term effects among different population groups.
  • Examining the impact of exposure to the new health warnings on the flow of information within on-line and off-line social networks.
  • Assessing the needs of community-based organizations (CBOs) to support local community efforts on tobacco control after the implementation of health warnings.

Project IMPACT

Project IMPACT logoThe purpose of Project IMPACT is to develop and test a community mobilization model in Lawrence that aims to alter the information environment in the community about health disparities in general and tobacco disparities in particular. The project seeks to build the community’s capacity to work with local media to influence the public agenda through training members of community-based organizations, and assess whether the intervention has led to change in the community agenda on disparities. Project IMPACT is part of the Harvard School of Public Health's Lung Cancer Disparities Center (


Updated on April 25, 2013
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