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Notice to Readers: Health Protection Research Initiative

In 2003, CDC began developing a comprehensive strategy for conducting and fostering public health research. As part of this strategy, CDC launched the Health Protection Research Initiative, in spring 2004, to promote research to prevent disease, injury or disability, and to protect persons from infectious, environmental, and terrorist threats.

During the first year of this multiyear initiative, CDC has awarded $21.7 million in 57 research grants to 1) develop effective health promotion and prevention programs in the workplace (31 awards), 2) support researcher and institutional training in public health research (24 awards), and 3) create new Centers of Excellence in health promotion economics to explore economic solutions and cost-effective strategies for health-promotion programs and policies (two awards). Of the workplace-focused grants, 21 involve projects designed to increase physical activity, improve diets and nutrition, and reduce obesity. Additional information on CDC's Health Protection Research Initiative and the recent grants is available at http://www.cdc.gov/od/hpri.



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