We are shaped by our relationships. Our romantic partners, friends, and families are fundamental to our health and happiness—but most public health approaches to improve health focus on individuals and do not incorporate our relationships with these important people in our lives. The purpose of ARCH is to conduct innovative research on how social and interpersonal relationships influence health behaviors and prevent disease. Our research team conducts community-based research to better understand how interpersonal relationships influence sexual, reproductive, and maternal/paternal-child health and develops evidence-based intervention programs to improve health through strengthening interpersonal relationships.

ARCH studies the influence of interpersonal relationships on health in three contexts:

  • Romantic relationships
  • Peers and social networks
  • Family

ARCH is committed to improving the health of our communities through strengthening the bonds we have with each other. 

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July 23, 2014
Check out our summer newsletter for Partners in LIFE, hot off the press!  Find out what we’ve been up to since the fall and how the study is progressing by clicking...
June 12, 2014
“Nowadays in the world we livin’ in, you gotta have a cell phone. Cell phone is like a second heart.” -CREW participant How do friendships impact health and behavior? What...
June 12, 2014
The Partners in LIFE (PiL) research team has been hard at work these past few months.  After enrolling a total of 49 young parenting couples in the study, the third and final...