CRIPACC Current research highlights

Health Behaviour in School-Aged Children (HBSC) study

For over 30 years the Health Behaviour in School-Aged Children (HBSC) study, has been a pioneer cross-national study gaining insight into young people's well-being, health behaviours and their social context. This research collaboration with the WHO Regional Office for Europe involves 48 countries and regions across Europe and North America.

HBSC collects data every four years on 11-, 13- and 15-year-old boys' and girls' health and well-being, social environments and health behaviours. These years mark a period of increased autonomy that can influence how their health and health-related behaviours develop.

The international standard questionnaire produced for every survey cycle enables the collection of common data across all participating countries and thus enables the quantification of patterns of key health behaviours, health indicators and contextual variables. These data allow cross-national comparisons to be made and, with successive surveys, trend data is gathered and may be examined at both the national and cross-national level. The international network is organized around an interlinked series of focus and topic groups related to the following areas.


Gastrostomy feeding and psychosocial support (G-Path Support), is the short title of the project ‘How do different neurodisability services meet the psychosocial support needs of children/young people with feeding disabilities and their families: a national survey and case study approach to mapping and costing service models, care pathways and the child and family experience.'

We are inviting children with neurodisability and complex feeding needs, their parents, and professionals who care for them to participate in our research study to find out about their experiences of giving and receiving support.  We are doing the research so that we can identify the best way of providing support to children and families and develop guidance for professionals and services.

Buying Food and Drink Beyond the School Gate

Buying Food and Drink Beyond the School Gate was a study which was carried out to find out two things about young people aged 13 – 15 years. Firstly, what food and drink was purchased outside of the school during lunchtime. Secondly, what reasons young people had for making those purchases. We also looked at whether surroundings around schools and the type of shops and fast food places available were important.

Food Provision in Later Life: A study about people's experiences of getting food in the UK

Food Provision in Later Life: A study about people's experiences of getting food in the UK was research aimed to show how older people from different household types acquired food, what food they bought and the people and places they acquired it from.

DEMCOM: National Evaluation of Dementia Friendly Communities

A Dementia Friendly Community (DFC) can involve a wide range of people, organisations and geographical areas. A DFC recognises that it has a role to play in supporting the independence of people diagnosed with dementia and their caregivers. There are approximately 193 communities across England that are formally recognised as working towards being dementia friendly.

National Evaluation of Dementia Friendly Communities (DEMCOM) is a project funded by Department of Health Policy Research Programme to undertake a national evaluation of Dementia Friendly Communities. The aim is to understand how different types of DFCs work, what is needed to sustain them and how they help different groups of people living with dementia and carers to live well.

A mixed method study it includes a literature review, linking population data on dementia prevalence with DFC activities and case studies of DFCs. The latter will pilot and test an adapted evaluation tool that is currently being used to evaluate age friendly cities. People living with and affected by dementia are involved in all stages of the study.

This is a collaboration between three universities who are all part of the Collaboration for Leaderships in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) East of England: University of Hertfordshire, University of East Anglia and University of Cambridge

Hertfordshire Public Health Connect

Hertfordshire Public Health Connect is a partnership between the University of Hertfordshire and Hertfordshire County Council Public Health Department. Hertfordshire Public Health Connect aims to bring together information about excellent public health research, practice and education for all professionals and students involved in Public Health in Hertfordshire and the East of England.