Yale Psychology Department and Head Start Complete "Bridging The Digital Divide"

Yale’s Department of Psychology, in collaboration with LULAC Head Start and other local agencies, will celebrate the completion of “Bridging the Digital Divide,” a computer training program primarily for parents of children enrolled in Head Start, on Thursday, October 18 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at 250 Cedar Street.

In addition to parents of Head Start children, Bridging the Digital Divide also provided computer training for members of the New Haven community. Cancer prevention education was an integral part of the computer training. After completion of the training program, 120 participants were given free refurbished computers.

“It’s nice to be able to conduct research on health communication strategies and give something back to the New Haven community at the same time,” said Peter Salovey, chair of psychology at Yale, whose laboratory carried out the Digital Divide Pilot Project in collaboration with Linda Mowad, director of the New England Cancer Information Service of Yale’s Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Salovey also has a full research laboratory that studies health, emotions and behavior, particularly cancer and HIV/AIDS education and prevention. Bridging the Digital Divide, known locally as “Computers for Families,” was funded by a grant from the National Cancer Institute to the Yale Cancer Center’s Cancer Information Service. The Yale Office of New Haven and State Affairs also donated 10 new computers to the program, which now make up the computer laboratory at LULAC Head Start.

Other collaborators on the program include Yale University Health, Emotion and Behavior Laboratory, Cancer Information Service, Computers 4 Kids of Waterbury and Urban Policy Strategies.

For more information or for directions, please call Judith Pizarro at 432- 6834.

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