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Center for Health, Care, and Well-being

The Center for Health, Care, and Well-being builds capacity of faculty in research, facilitates partnerships, builds professional networks, and has center initiatives that promote the health, care, and well-being of the university, local, national, and global community with an emphasis on vulnerable populations. 

Center Priorities

The Center improves the health of vulnerable populations through:

  • Conducting research that will advance outcomes in health, care, and well-being.
  • Facilitating partnerships to foster outreach and internship opportunities to prepare the next generation of scientists, clincians, and educators.
  • Building professional networks that refine educational programs and further the professions.

Community Partners

Who is part of our community?

  • St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center and Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
  • Shriners Hospitals for Children
  • Veterans Affairs Connecticut Healthcare System, West Haven
  • Apple Rehab
  • Hartford Hospital
  • Rebuilding Together
  • Farmington Valley Transition Academy  
  • Dreaming and Working Together
  • Chapter126
  • Manes & Motions Therapeutic Riding Center
  • Hartford Track Club
  • Cerebral Palsy Research Registry
  • Cerebral Palsy Collaborative
  • URBAN Hartford Node


  • Students assist with community events sponsored by above organizations on campus, in the greater Hartford/Springfield Region, nationally, and internationally.
  • Faculty collaborate with partners to create and improve programs and develop original research projects.
  • Faculty and students disseminate information through local, state, and national presentations.

College and Center Events

Faculty Research

This Center conducts research to forward the University of Hartford’s mission of dedication to learning, personal growth, knowledge creation, and the betterment of society. Through the Center, students have opportunities to participate in research that furthers classroom learning. Some of our research projects are listed below.

Health Science

  • An eye on the future: Preparing future health professionals to work with patients with low vision  (Claudia Oakes)
  • Impact of home modifications provided by Rebuilding Together Hartford (Claudia Oakes)
  • Hydration: person reported outcomes and biomarkers (Colleen Muñoz)


Prosthetics & Orthotics

Physical Therapy

  • Targeted training of children with cerebral palsy (Sandra Saavedra)
  • Postural Development in infants with sensorial neural hearing loss (Donna Snowdon)
  • Shoulder stability in baseball players (Tricia Prokop, Adam Goodworth)
  • Knowledge translation of evidence based concepts in physical therapy (Danielle Bellows)

Research Environments

In these resourced environments faculty, students, and community partners come together to explore, learn, test, and advance knowledge.

Here are the locations of current research activity:

For more information about the Center for Health, Care, and Well-Being, contact Mary Gannotti, professor, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, at