Faculty

Judith FifieldJudith Fifield, Ph.D.
Director

Dr. Judith Fifield is a professor in family medicine at the UConn School of Medicine and director of the UConn Health Disparities Institute. She is the founding director of the Ethel Donaghue Center for Translating Research into Practice and Policy (TRIPP) at UConn Health, and founding co-director of the Bioscience Connecticut Health Disparities Institute.

Dr. Fifield is a medical sociologist whose research has focused on health care practice and community oriented translational research (T2), as well as practical benefit interventions to reduce health disparities. Dr. Fifield was instrumental in the development of the Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (CICATS), including roles as principle investigator of the Clinical and Translation Science Award (CTSA) Planning Grant, co-principle investigator of the first CTSA submission, co-director of the Community Engagement Core, and associate director and COO of CICATS from 2008-2012. Dr. Fifield is principal investigator on a study to translate SisterTalk Hartford, a faith-based healthy lifestyle intervention delivered through the Black and African American Church to facilitate weight loss among African American and black women, for dissemination and implementation in New York City.

She is also the principle investigator of an evaluation of the CT Coalition to End Homelessness’ Rapid Rehousing Program and Co-PI of an evaluation of the FatherWorks intervention conducted by the Village for Families and Children. Her past research has included an NIDDK-funded, church-based, study to prevent Type II diabetes among ‘at risk’ African Americans; Safety.net, a collaborative planning grant to prepare community health centers for Health Information Technology (HIT) and Health Information Exchange (HIE) adoption’ and an evaluation of the transition of primary care practices to become medical homes conducted by EmblemHealth, Inc, in New York.

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Dr. Victor VillagraVictor Villagra, M.D., FACP

Associate Director

Dr. Victor Villagra, M.D., FACP, is currently the president of Health & Technology Vector, Inc. The company’s mission is to decrease, postpone, or eliminate the physical, emotional and financial burden of illness among all peoples. His extensive background includes his responsibilities as the national medical director and vice president of Quality and Medical Strategy for CIGNA HealthCare, as well as medical director Continuous Health Improvement Program for Geisinger Health Plan.

Dr. Villagra’s position involves investigating and recommending a plan for the UConn Health Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Community Consortium (Area III) to be the region’s Center for Innovation in Disease Management (IDM). He will also be investigating and recommending a plan for collaboration with local industry, state agencies, and the Center for IDM.

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