Healthy Youth Development Special Interest Projects

Historically we've leveraged our on-going relationship with the CDC to support an array of additional prevention research studies here at the U of MN.  Thus, we are thrilled that U of MN researchers have obtained two CDC-funded, 5-year "Special Interest Projects."  

Youth Epilepsy and Successful Self-Management

YESS Logo Peter Scal, MD, MPH -
Assistant Professor, Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent health, Department of Pediatrics, Medical School

As a collaborating center of the Managing Epilepsy Well Network, Dr. Scal’s research will develop and test a youth-focused, Internet-based, theoretically grounded self-management program for youth living with epilepsy.


Impact of Local Staple Food Ordinance on Healthy Food Access: The STORE (STaple food ORdinance Evaluation) Study

STORE StudyMelissa Laska, PhD, RD -
Associate Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Health

As a collaborating center of the Nutrition and Obesity Policy Research and Evaluation Network, Dr. Laska will evaluate the impact of a local policy change (i.e., the Minneapolis Staple Food Ordinance) that established minimum stocking criteria for a wide array of health foods as a requirement of food store licensing.