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Washington Health Promotion Research Center receives $6.45 Million for Special Interest Projects

The Health Promotion Research Center (HPRC), located in the Health Services Department at the University of Washington School of Public Health, has received funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for six one- to five-year projects that support health promotion in a variety of areas.

The funded projects include:

HPRC will provide leadership and coordination for a new network of national and regional partners addressing the growing public health challenge of cognitive impairment. The network aims to advance a research and translation agenda for brain health and healthy aging that will extend into effective public health practice.

This project will improve understanding of the economic costs associated with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, and develop strategies for states to estimate the costs of caring for patients–allowing for better allocation of resources by health professionals.

As a participant in the MEW Network, HPRC will conduct research aimed at improving and increasing epilepsy self-management programs, tailored to the needs of community-dwelling adults and U.S. veterans.

The Alliance for Reducing Cancer, Northwest (ARC NW), a CPCRN member center, will continue its productive partnerships with organizations that contribute to public health infrastructure and remain focused on reducing disparities in cancer screening among low income, uninsured, and limited English-proficient populations.

Pivotal work examining the potential effect of progestin-based contraception on HIV-1 transmission and disease will be extended through a series of innovative clinical and biologic studies.

The WHRN collaborating center at HPRC brings together employers, insurers, public health organizations, and experienced researchers to enhance workplace participation in health promotion.

“We are excited to have these projects funded—they represent a broad range of public health issues and challenges, and having our research and program expertise recognized is motivating,” said Jeff Harris, HPRC director. “We look forward to collaborating with our local and national partners to achieve the goals of each project.”