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Prevention Research Centers Webinar Series

Prevention Research Centers Webinar Series

Engaging Community Health Workers to Reduce Chronic Diseases and Promote Community-Clinical Linkages

Part of the Prevention Research Centers (PRCs) Webinar Series

ASTHO and CDC are launching a webinar series highlighting how state health officials can partner with Prevention Research Centers to apply research to public health initiatives.

This first webinar will highlight research and tools for engaging community health workers (CHWs) to prevent chronic diseases, including the University of Arizona’s work to create best practices for CHWs in clinical settings. Researchers from the University of North Carolina will also discuss how CHWs, health departments, and primary care clinics are collaborating to reduce cardiovascular diseases in rural communities. Finally, a presenter from the New York University School of Medicine will describe how the center is building on the Million Hearts initiative by integrating CHW and physician support models.


  • Understand how PRC research can be translated into prevention programs.
  • Learn how state health departments can partner with PRCs to improve linkages between clinical care and community preventive health services.
  • Gain ideas for working with CHWs to address chronic diseases and health disparities.

About the Prevention Research Centers:

CDC supports 26 Prevention Research Centers (PRCs) connected with accredited schools of public health or schools of medicine to conduct prevention research. These centers also partner with community stakeholders to translate the research into effective programs and other strategies to support national initiatives to improve public health. Currently, 16 PRCs are engaging community health workers to develop and test models for strengthening linkages between community health centers and clinical services.