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Washington Celebrates 30 Years of CDC’s Prevention Research Solutions to Combat Health Disparities

Investigators from the Health Promotion Research Center (HPRC) at the University of Washington School of Public Health recently shared their insights and commentaries in a special supplement to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

The March 2017 issue of AJPM celebrates 30 years since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) bridged academic public health research and practice to develop the Prevention Research Centers (PRC) Program. Now a network of 26 academic institutions across the United States, the program is dedicated to moving new discoveries into the communities that need them.

“The 30th anniversary of the founding of the Prevention Research Centers Network is an appropriate time to reflect on our progress as well as look to the future,” wrote guest editors in an introduction to the special issue. “Applied prevention research with a focus on understanding health disparities and promoting health equity has never been more important than now.”

Dr. Jeffrey Harris, chair and professor of health services at the UW School of Public Health, was among the issue’s guest editors. Dr. Harris is also a core investigator in the HPRC and served as director of the CDC’s PRC Program from 1992 to 1995.

Among the special issue’s 21 original research articles were six from the UW’s HPRC. The articles illustrated the strides the center has made to develop, test and disseminate programs and policies that have had broad and sustained impact.

Articles covered topics such as:

In an additional article, Dr. Peggy Hannon, director of the HPRC and associate professor of health services at the School, described the 15-year partnership between the HPRC and the Washington State Department of Health.

“HPRC’s vision is that effective programs, practices and policies are widely implemented throughout the Pacific Northwest,” Dr. Hannon wrote. “DOH plays a critical role in HPRC’s efforts to realize that vision.”

HPRC investigators featured in the special issue include Dr. Miruna Petrescu-Prahova, Ms. Sarah Fishleder, Dr. Basia Belza, Ms. Thuy Vu, Dr. Caitlin Mason, Dr. Erica Johnson, Dr. Vicky Taylor, Dr. Elizabeth Phelan and Dr. Barbara Williams.