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CDC Awards $12.3 Million to Prevention Research Centers for Special Interest Projects
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded $12.3 million for 56 Special Interest Project (SIP) awards to 21 Prevention Research Centers (PRCs) to design, test, and disseminate effective applied public health prevention research strategies.

The additional funding will provide opportunities for PRCs to conduct research strategies that align with public health priorities such as the National Prevention Strategy, CDC’s winnable battles, and the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) four domains. The awardees will focus on a topic of interest or a gap in knowledge or research relevant to the four domains that include: Epidemiology and Surveillance; Environmental Approaches; Health System Strategies; and Community-Clinical Linkages. Some projects will support the development of effective state and local public health interventions and policies, while others support topic specific PRC networks that include engaging, collaborating, and priority setting with partners. The research will contribute to health promotion and disease prevention in: Aging, Dementias including Alzheimer’s disease, Epilepsy, Excessive Alcohol Use, Cancer, Falls Prevention, Global Health, HIV and Sexual Health, Nutrition, Physical Activity, Obesity Prevention, Tobacco Use, Arthritis, and Workplace Health.

Download the list of 2014 SIP awards [PDF - 179K]

CDC Awards $19.5 Million to Prevention Research Centers Nationwide
Awardees to conduct innovative public health prevention research to reduce health disparities
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded $19.5 million to 26 academic institutions in 25 states to study how people and their communities can avoid or counter the risks for chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, obesity, and cancer. The funds will support the development and evaluation of practical public health prevention interventions.  The awards are for the first year of a five-year funding period. For a map and list of the PRCs, click here.

CDC's Prevention Research Centers Program Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA)
The CDC’s PRC Program announces FOA #DP 14-001. Letters of intent are due by Monday, August 9, and the application submission due date is Monday, September 23, 2013, by 5 pm (EDT).

A Group of PRC’s Examines Characteristics of Active Living Collaboratives
The Physical Activity Policy Research Network (PAPRN) is a group of PRC’s whose work aims increase levels of physical activity within communities. The Coalitions and Networks for Active Living research team, a subgroup of PAPRN, designed a study to examine the characteristics of a representative sample of collaboratives working to promote active living. For this study the term “collaborative group” included coalitions, networks, partnerships, and alliances that 1) focused on active living as a primary or secondary goal, 2) worked on policy and environmental change, 3) involved at least 3 partners from various sectors, and 4) existed for at least 1 year. Through structured telephone interviews with 59 collaboratives, the researchers were able to characterize them on topics; such as, leadership and staff, membership diversity of membership, main activities, which environmental and policy approaches, and their success in 8 strategic areas. These findings have the potential to be useful in the planning, coordinating, implementing, and sustaining community collaboration efforts to change community environments and policies in order to promote more active lives. See “Active Living Collaboratives in the United States: Understanding Characteristics, Activities, and Achievement of Environmental and Policy Change,” released February 7, 2013, in Preventing Chronic Disease.

PRC Program Celebrates Older Americans Month
May is Older Americans Month, and this year’s theme is Unleash the Power of Age, in which we are encouraged to help our influential, wise, and vital older Americans stay positive, active, and looking forward. PRCs have partnered closely with CDC’s Healthy Aging Program, which has funded the Healthy Aging Research Network (HAN) since 2001. This thematic network is a group of PRCs along with numerous CDC and national partners that helps ensure the translation of research into practice supporting this month’s Older Americans Month theme; see below for a partial list of publications and prevention strategies:

Dangerous Decibels® Wins the 2013 Safe-In-Sound Award
Oregon Health and Science University PRC’s core research project is adapting Dangerous Decibels® for American Indians. Dangerous Decibels won the 2013 Safe-In-Sound Award for Innovation in Hearing Loss Prevention. The award was created in 2007 by The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, in partnership with the National Hearing Conservation Association, to share the successes of organizations with measurable achievements in hearing loss prevention. The award recognized the development, cultural adaptation, and widespread dissemination of Dangerous Decibels, which has positively changed knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors in youth and adults regarding hearing loss prevention. Read the project description about the PRC adaptation of Dangerous Decibels for more information.

PRC Finds Program Improves Fruit and Vegetable Consumption among Black Church Members
Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill PRC conducted a two-year study to test a health program in black churches in Michigan and North Carolina. The program, Body & Soul, aims to improve eating behaviors among black church members. Findings showed a small significant increase in members’ fruit and vegetable consumption but also stressed churches need for technical support with program start-up and maintenance. See “Promoting Fruit and Vegetable Consumption Among Members of Black Churches, Michigan and North Carolina, 2008-2010,” released March 14, 2013, by Preventing Chronic Disease.


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