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2013


PRC Researchers Create Textbook on Rural Health
PRC researchers conceptualized and edited a textbook, Rural Populations and Health, which was published in September 2012. The book was edited by Richard Crosby, Robin Vanderpool, and Baretta Casey of the University of Kentucky PRC and Monica Wendel of the Texas A&M Health Science Center PRC. PRC researchers with academic and community partners wrote 14 of the book’s 20 chapters. Rural Populations and Health was created to fill important gaps in the public health literature; it examines critical issues in health and health care systems in rural America and illustrates effective strategies for reducing health disparities through capacity-building, collaboration, and other proven methods. The book is written for students, instructors, and researchers in public health, preventive medicine, public health nursing, social work, and sociology. The publisher, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., created a password-protected Web page for instructors, which includes a syllabus, lecture slides, and tests for each chapter. Rural Populations and Health is available through Amazon.com as both a softcover and an e-book.

PRC Researchers Provide Expertise in Creating CDC Health Equity Toolkit
Researchers from three PRCs were consulted by CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity as it developed the CDC Health Equity Toolkit for State Practitioners Addressing Obesity Disparities. The toolkit is intended to increase the capacity of state health departments and their partners to help communities effectively address obesity in populations that have health disparities. A panel of obesity prevention and control experts, including Alice Ammerman, DrPH, RD, director of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill PRC; William McCarthy, PhD, of the University of California-Los Angeles PRC; and Joseph Sharkey, PhD, of the Texas A&M University PRC, contributed to the content of the toolkit. The toolkit is accessed via the website of the North Carolina PRC’s Center for Training and Research Translation.

2013 Special Interest Projects (SIPs) Program Announcement Available
CDC announces SIPs Competitive Supplement # RFA-DP-09-0010501SUPP13 published as RFA-DP-09-001. Letters of intent are due February 26, 2013. Applications are due March 28, 2013.

Director of PRC in St. Louis Takes on New Leadership Position
Ross Brownson, PhD is a co-director of the PRC in St. Louis, which is jointly led by Washington University and Saint Louis University. Dr. Brownson has been named the president-elect of the American College of Epidemiology (ACE). ACE was established in 1979 to support epidemiologists through scientific meetings, publications, educational activities, and recognition of outstanding contributions to the field. Dr. Brownson will serve in this position from September 2012 to September 2013, after which he will serve as the president of ACE for one year.

Men’s Health Campaign, Developed with PRC, Wins National Award
Man Up Monday, a campaign that encourages sexually active men to use condoms and get tested for HIV and sexually transmitted infections, received an award at the American Public Health Association (APHA) 140th Annual Meeting in October 2012 in San Francisco, California. The campaign won first prize in the creative print category of the APHA Public Health Education and Health Promotion educational materials contest. The Man Up Monday campaign features provocative, eye-catching posters that were developed by a team from the Columbia University PRC, the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health, and The Monday Campaigns (TMC). TMC is a nonprofit public health organization that implements public health campaigns focused on Mondays because research shows that people view Monday as a day for a fresh start and for beginning healthy behaviors [PDF - 324K]. TMC is disseminating Man Up Monday nationwide following a successful pilot test in Virginia. The campaign will be promoted through posters, print ads, Web videos, and social media.

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2012


PRC Aides in the Expansion and Evaluation of the EnhanceFitness Program
EnhanceFitness is an innovative, award-winning senior exercise program, developed collaboratively by University of Washington PRC, with Senior Services and Group Health based in Seattle, Washington. In 2012, Senior Services partnered with the YMCA of the USA to license Enhance Fitness and potentially expand the program to the YMCA’s 2,600 local sites. Also in 2012, Senior Services launched a new online data-entry system to allow more accurate and timely evaluation of program and participant progress. The University of Washington PRC continues to lead the research and evaluation of EnhanceFitness and is excited about the new developments. For more information, read about the scientific evidence behind EnhanceFitness.

PRC Program Held a Seminar Series in Fall 2012: Highlighting Research from 13 PRCs
Researchers from 13 PRCs highlighted research findings in a four-part seminar series fall 2012 at CDC in Atlanta, GA. Read summaries of each seminar.

Positive Outcomes Achieved with Evidence-based PRC Program in Hawaii
EnhanceFitness, an evidence-based physical activity program for older adults developed by the University of Washington PRC, has been replicated among Asian and Pacific Islanders in Hawaii. Hawaii's Healthy Aging Partnership has successfully implemented EnhanceFitness in a culturally diverse population. The participants showed significant improvement in physical performance tests conducted before and after the program, which is consistent with previous studies conducted by the University of Washington PRC. Hawaii participants also showed great commitment to the program and had a completion rate higher than the national average. See "Replicating the EnhanceFitness Physical Activity Program in Hawaii's Multicultural Population, 2007-2010," released March 22, 2012, by Preventing Chronic Disease.

PRC Researchers Study Sexting Among Young Adults
Researchers at the University of Michigan PRC studied over 3,000 young adults to determine if there is any association between sexting, the mobile exchange of sexually suggestive text or pictures, and risky and non-risky health behaviors of young adults. Researchers used a web-based survey to assess the sexual behavior, mental health, demographic information, Internet use, and sexting behaviors of participants. The findings of this study showed no relationship between sexting and riskier or safer sexual behavior. However, findings supported previous research that indicated sexting is a common behavior in sexual relationships among young adult. See "Sexting Among Young Adults," published online July, 24, 2012 in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

CDC's Formatted Release Library Features PRC Program Falls Prevention Article
PRC Program article, Simple Steps to Reduce Falls Risk, is featured in CDC′s formatted release library as a mat release, which are formatted, ready-to-print articles that are free to use in any publication. CDC's formatted release library offers articles on a variety of health topics.

The Lancet Features PRC Researcher
The April 28 issue of The Lancet profiles Linda Bearinger, PhD, RN, team leader for training and technical assistance at the University of Minnesota Prevention Research Center. The article describes Dr. Bearinger's four decades of contributions to the field of adolescent health, the center's research focus. In 2008–2009, she chaired an Institute of Medicine subcommittee that prepared the report, Adolescent Health Services: Missing Opportunities, which outlines how to prepare the health care workforce to meet the health needs of young people. She is currently president of the International Association of Adolescent Health and has made enormous contributions to the training of practitioners who work with adolescents. Dr. Bearinger's expertise in resiliency and protective factors in the lives of vulnerable adolescents enriches the PRC's emphasis on translating research into programs, policy, and public health practice.

This issue of The Lancet is part of a series on adolescent health, and contains articles from PRC researchers on how adolescence sets the stage for health in later years.

PRC Researchers Find Small Businesses Are Willing to Implement Health Promotion Programs and Policies
Researchers at the University of Washington PRC evaluated the implementation of the American Cancer Society's (ACS) HealthLinks, a workplace health promotion program, in 23 small and low-wage companies in Mason County, Washington. Businesses that participated in HealthLinks received resources and support from ACS to select and implement best practices in workplace health promotion. These are practices designed to reduce behaviors that put employees at risk for chronic diseases. Results showed that businesses that used HealthLinks significantly increased their implementation of physical activity programs (29% to 51%) and health behavior policies (40% to 81%) focused on limiting or banning tobacco use and promoting healthy eating and physical activity. See "Increasing Evidence-Based Workplace Health Promotion Best Practices in Small and Low-Wage Companies, Mason County, Washington, 2009," released April, 5, 2012, by Preventing Chronic Disease.

PRC Researchers Develop an Approach to Selecting Policy Initiatives for Rural Area
Working with the CDC's Communities Putting Prevention to Work initiative in Pitt and Lenoir Counties, North Carolina, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill PRC designed an approach to identify achievable local policy initiatives for obesity prevention. CDC has recommended strategies and measures that communities and local governments can use to plan and monitor environmental and policy changes for obesity prevention. In the PRC project, these recommendations were ranked by county stakeholders (such as planners, town managers, and advisory council members) according to feasibility and likelihood of success, based on the community's culture, infrastructure, extent of leadership support, and potential funding support. In further discussions with stakeholders, the researchers used questions from Community Readiness: A Handbook for Successful Change to determine the county's readiness to implement the policies the stakeholders had ranked most achievable. Public health professionals and stakeholders in other rural locations may benefit from using the PRC's approach when selecting obesity prevention strategies. See "A Community-Driven Approach to Identifying "Winnable" Policies Using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Common Community Measures for Obesity Prevention," released March 29, 2012, by Preventing Chronic Disease.

Kentucky PRC Releases Facebook Application for Cervical Cancer Awareness Campaign
Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection is the leading risk factor for cervical cancer. As part of its research into ways to raise awareness of cervical cancer, the University of Kentucky Rural Cancer Prevention Center released a Facebook application. The application creates an educational video about cervical cancer screening and vaccination for HPV that incorporates photos of the viewer and the viewer's Facebook friends. The video explains how screening and HPV vaccination can prevent cervical cancer and invites viewers to share the application with their Facebook friends. The application is part of the center's Cervical Cancer Free Kentucky initiative, a research project that aims to 1) increase the number of women in Kentucky who get Pap test, a screening test that can detect changes in cervical cells before they become cancerous, and 2) increase the number of eligible residents who get vaccinated against HPV.

Registration Opens for PRC Adolescent Sexual Health Course
The University of Texas at Houston PRC has opened registration for its 4th annual Adolescent Sexual Health Course, scheduled for June 12–14, 2012, at the university.  This year's course will focus on promoting sexual health in schools. Topics include evidence-based strategies for preventing sexually transmitted diseases and unintended pregnancy, media and today's youth, and how to become a leader for adolescent sexual health. For more information and to register, visit the PRC's website.

News Media Feature PRCs' Work
Since 2012 began, at least four media outlets have featured stories about PRC research:

  • In Lexington, Kentucky, the Public Broadcasting Service station KET aired a special report that explored ways to improve health in rural Kentucky. Among the efforts highlighted was research by the University of Kentucky Rural Cancer Prevention Center aimed at reducing incidence of cervical cancer in Appalachian Kentucky. The segment focused on the PRC's project to increase  vaccination use against the human papillomavirus, the main cause of cervical cancer. Watch the report from February 7, 2012.

  • The Alamosa, Colorado, Valley Courier published an article describing a University of Colorado PRC project designed to help middle school students improve their health habits. The PRC, in collaboration with school districts in the San Luis Valley, is developing and evaluating a curriculum to help students identify changes in the school environment that would promote healthy habits. For example, one school is planning to mandate the availability after-school programs, such as archery and fly tying, to give students alternatives to experimenting with alcohol, drugs, and tobacco. Read the article that was published February 7, 2012.

  • In College Station, Texas, KAGS-TV aired two reports about a project conducted by researchers at the Texas A&M Health Science Center PRC. The researchers are testing desks that allow students to stand while working. The hope is that the energy expended by standing rather than sitting will help reduce childhood obesity. The researchers also are assessing whether using the desks improves students' behavior and learning. View the reports here and here that aired February 15, 2012.
  • In Fort Myers, Florida, National Public Radio affiliate WGCU aired a report that highlighted work by the University of South Florida PRC to improve eye protection among citrus workers. Eye injuries from exposure to chemicals, dust, and plant materials are common among citrus workers when they do not wear protective glasses. The PRC partnered with citrus workers and citrus harvesting companies to choose and distribute effective and comfortable glasses and to teach workers about the importance of eye safety while picking fruit. Listen to the radio report that was aired January 3, 2012.

PRCs Lead State of the Art Review on Adolescent Health

A set of PRCs contributed to producing the December 2011 issue of Adolescent Medicine: State of the Art Reviews (AM:STARs), a publication of the American Academy of Pediatrics. The issue focuses on health promotion for adolescents and young adults, and the issue editors are Alwyn Cohall, MD, director of the Columbia University PRC, and Michael Resnick, PhD, director of the University of Minnesota PRC. The articles by PRC researchers include the following topics:

  • Using social marketing, new media, technology, and clinician counseling in adolescent health promotion.
  • Enhancing young people's resilience by strengthening their ability to resist risky, unhealthful behavior.
  • Integrating health interventions with employment and training programs for out-of-school youth.
  • Preventing teenage pregnancy.
  • Disseminating evidence-based smoking cessation programs for adolescents.

Preventing Chronic Disease Releases Several PRCs’ Scientific Contributions on December 15, 2011


Alumni of PRC Training Author a Special Edition of a Scientific Journal
The Journal of Physical Activity and Health published a special issue featuring 16 original research papers written by alumni of the Physical Activity and Public Health (PAPH) Courses that the University of South Carolina PRC  has offered since 1995. The two PAPH courses are an 8-day postgraduate course on research directions and strategies and a 6-day practitioner’s course on community interventions. The articles focus on assessment and surveillance of physical activity, taking research-to-practice, and evaluation of community interventions that promote behavior, policy, or environmental changes. See the table of contents for the special issue, “Building Capacity—Celebrating 16 Years of Physical Activity and Public Health Postgraduate Training Courses.”

PRC Network Reports on Policy Research at APHA
The PRC’s Nutrition and Obesity Policy Research and Evaluation Network (NOPREN) joined colleagues from CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity, which funds the network, in sharing policy research results at the 2011 American Public Health Association Meeting held in Washington, DC, October 31 - November 2, 2011. Issues addressed included sugar-sweetened beverages, obesity policy, access to healthy food, and point-of-decision guidance in small stores. Read the session summary and presentation abstracts. For more information about NOPREN and its working groups (Water Access, Communicating with Policymakers, Rural Food Access, and Food Policy Councils), visit www.nopren.org.

Study Shows Promoting Physical Activity May Improve Teen Smoking Cessation
West Virginia University PRC researchers found that promoting physical activity within the Not on Tobacco program, an evidence-based teen smoking cessation program, may increase participants smoking cessation. See “Effects of Physical Activity on Teen Smoking Cessation,” published online September 19, 2011, in Pediatrics, a journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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2011

American Journal of Public Health Publishes PRC Research Ahead of Print

  • Community Health Workers Improved Use of Protective Eyewear among Citrus Harvesters
    Using a community health worker model, the University of South Florida PRC improved the use of protective eyewear among citrus harvesters. Researchers trained full-time citrus workers to disseminate eye safety information and encourage the wearing of safety glasses among workers in the citrus groves. This model may be applicable to preventing injuries in similar agricultural settings. See abstract (through PubMed) for “Preventing Eye Injuries Among Citrus Harvesters: The Community Health Worker Model.”
  • Identifying Health Inequities of Deaf Sign Language Users through Innovative Survey
    The University of Rochester PRC developed and conducted a health survey among deaf people who use American Sign Language (ASL). Initial data identified obesity, partner violence, and suicide as health issues affecting the deaf community disproportionate to the general public. This knowledge may contribute to deaf ASL users receiving health promotion and disease prevention programs to meet their health needs. See abstract (through PubMed) for “Community Participatory Research With Deaf Sign Language Users to Identify Health Inequities.”
  • Promotores-Led Physical Activity Program Improved Participants’ Health Indicators
    A train-the-trainer, promotores-led physical activity program, developed by San Diego State University (with University of California at San Diego) PRC, improved several fitness and health indicators of participants. These indicators included blood pressure, waist circumference, hamstring flexibility, and mood. See abstract (through PubMed) for “Effects of a Promotor-Based Intervention to Promote Physical Activity: Familias Sanas y Activas.”

Community Assessment Enhances Resource Guide 
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill PRC researchers conducted a community audit to inform revisions to a guide on nutrition and physical activity resources for residents of a rural, eastern North Carolina county.  The approach may serve as a model for health-promotion professionals in other rural communities. In the November 2011 issue of Preventing Chronic Disease, see “Conducting Community Audits to Evaluate Community Resources for Healthful Lifestyle Behaviors: An Illustration From Rural Eastern North Carolina.”

PRC Comparative Effectiveness Research Preliminary Data Presented 
The four PRC Comparative Effectiveness Research grantees described their projects and preliminary data during a session at the American Public Health Association’s Annual Meeting in November 2011. Read presentation abstracts.

PRC Comparative Effectiveness Research Grantees Present at CDC
Researchers funded by the PRC Comparative Effectiveness Research grants shared research experiences, methods, and preliminary results at CDC in Atlanta, Georgia. Read summaries and view slide presentations.

PRC Child Health Expert Calls for Worldwide Strategy to Stop Obesity Epidemic
In the August 27, 2011 issue of The Lancet, Steven Gortmaker, Director of the Harvard University PRC, and colleagues describe a system approach to obesity prevention for the world. See abstract of article “Changing the future of obesity: science, policy, and action” (through PubMed).

PRC Steering Committee Publishes Editorial 
Writing on behalf of the PRC Steering Committee, four PRC representatives highlight the value of the PRC Program. See “CDC’s Prevention Research Centers Program: Translating Research into Action with Communities” in the August 2011 issue of the Journal of Primary Prevention.

PRCs Report Research in September 2011 Issue of Preventing Chronic Disease:


PRCs Report Research in July 2011 Issue of Preventing Chronic Disease:

CDC Gives 2011 Charles C. Shepard Science Award to PRC/CDC Collaboration
The Breastfeeding, Antiretrovirals, and Nutrition (BAN) study is a special interest project (SIP) awarded to the PRC at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. On Friday, June 10, a scientific paper about the study received this year’s Charles C. Shepard Science Award in the category of prevention and control. The award-winning manuscript, “Maternal or Infant Antiretroviral Drugs To Reduce HIV-1 Transmission,” was published in the New England Journal of Medicine 2010;362:2271–81.It is the work of Charles Chasela, PhD, and his BAN colleagues—including a team from CDC’s Division of Reproductive Health, which funds the project. This achievement exemplifies what can be achieved through the Prevention Research Centers model—particularly in how it enables CDC researchers to work closely with external researchers.

The Charles C. Shepard Science Awards recognize excellence in science at CDC and ATSDR. An award is presented for scientific publications in the following areas: assessment and epidemiology, prevention and control, and laboratory and methods. Publications are evaluated based on scientific merit (including aspects such as originality, difficulty, efficiency, methods, and clarity) and impact on public health (importance and significance).

PRC Program Builds Capacity through Training and Technical Assistance
Qualitative and quantitative data reveal that training, technical assistance, and mentoring activities through PRCs can foster capacity-building and support the research interests of academics and community members. See “Training and technical assistance to enhance capacity building between Prevention Research Centers and their partners,” published in the May 2011 issue of Preventing Chronic Disease.

Middle School Students Increase Consumption of Water in School
In a pilot study, UCLA/RAND PRC researchers found that by implementing an educational strategy and providing filtered, chilled drinking water in middle school cafeterias, students increased their consumption of water. See “Increasing the Availability and Consumption of Drinking Water in Middle Schools: a Pilot Study,” in the May 2011 issue of Preventing Chronic Disease.

PRC Describes Methods for Assessing Intervention Acceptability 
San Diego PRC researchers describe two commonly used qualitative methods, focus groups and interviews, and present two emerging methods, community mapping and photovoice. See “Qualitative Methods to Ensure Acceptability of Behavioral and Social Interventions to the Target Population,” published in the winter 2011 issue supplement of the Journal of Public Health Dentistry.

Additional 2011 Special Interest Projects (SIPs) Announced
CDC announces an additional SIPs Competitive Supplement for 2011. It is published as RFA-DP09-0010304SUPP11 . This supplement supports research to design, test, disseminate, or translate effective public health programs at the state and community level in keeping aligned with the purpose of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Letters of intent are due April 29, 2011, and applications are due June 1, 2011.

Researchers Determine Hurricane Katrina’s Impact on Food Access in New Orleans
Researchers from the Tulane University PRC collected data on food access by using directories, on-the-ground verification, and geographic information system mapping before and after Hurricane Katrina; results showed no improvement in access.  See “The Effects of Hurricane Katrina on Food Access Disparities in New Orleans [PDF - 503K],” published online January 13, 2011, by the American Journal of Public Health.

PRCs Report Research in January 2011 Issue of Preventing Chronic Disease:


Physical Activity Policy Research Network (PAPRN) Publishes Findings from Content Analysis of States’ Physical Education Legislation
Members of this PRC network analyzed 781 state bills from January 2001 to July 2007 and made recommendations to increase the quality of legislation on physical education. See “Examination of Trends and Evidence-Based Elements in State Physical Education Legislation: A Content Analysis [PDF - 543KB],” published in the July 2010 issue of the Journal of School Health.

University of Rochester PRC Publishes Article and American Sign Language Video on Deaf Health Inequities
In the March 2011 issue of Preventing Chronic Disease, researchers from the University of Rochester PRC, the National Center for Deaf Health Research, discuss four issues that underlie health inequities of deaf sign language users. Six public health recommendations are offered to address the inequities. The article is accompanied by videos that adapt the content in American Sign Language (ASL). The videos stage deaf actors in a classroom and explain key points in the article through exchanges between a teacher and students. To create the video, the producers from the PRC and the university’s Deaf Wellness Center, identified learning points and created an English-language script that explains each point in a manner consistent with deaf culture and deaf life experiences. The script was then converted into ASL and filmed to that the content is accessible to typical deaf signers—free from regional sign language or dialects. User-adjustable voiceover and captioning in English are included to meet the needs of a diverse audience having different degrees of hearing loss, different preferences for ASL vs. English information, and varied levels of English literacy, and to encourage hearing people to watch the videos.

2011 Special Interest Projects (SIPs) Program Announcement Available
CDC announces SIPs Competitive Supplement # RFA-DP-09-0010303SUPP11 published as RFA-DP-09-001.  Letters of intent are due February 25, 2011. Applications are due March 25, 2011.

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2010


Comparative Effectiveness Research: CDC Awards $10 million to 4 PRCs 
Press release. CDC Continues Its Public Health Investment with Research Awards for Prevention 

PRC National Community Committee is Focus of New Web Site Section
Learn about the PRC National Community Committee’s purpose, organization, functions, and accomplishments.

Now Available: Searchable Database of PRC Research Projects
Descriptions of PRC research projects are now available through a database on the PRC Web site. Search the PRCs' core, special interest, and associated research projects by selecting search criteria.

Full Report and Executive Summary of PRC Evaluation Results: Program Indicators Available 
The full report and executive summary of Prevention Research Centers Evaluation Results: Program Indicators are now available. The full report provides data on 23 indicators of performance, including funding, project and population characteristics, publications, and training programs. The indicators give quantitative evidence of the productivity of the PRC Program. The executive summary presents key findings from the full report.

CDC Network Adds Two More Prevention Research Centers
CDC’s PRC Program extends reach to 37 centers in 27 states.

2010 Special Interest Projects (SIPs) Program Announcement # DP09-00102SUPP10 
CDC announces SIPs Competitive Supplement #FOA DP09-00102SUPP10.  Letters of intent are due March 20, 2010. Applications are due April 20, 2010.

Update: Amendment to Prevention Research Centers Comparative Effectiveness Research Program FOA
On March 23, 2010, the Prevention Research Centers Comparative Effectiveness Research Program funding opportunity announcement was amended.

Prevention Research Centers Comparative Effectiveness Research Program Funding Opportunity Announcement
CDC announces FOA DP10-003. Letters of intent are due February 22, 2010. Applications are due March 22, 2010.

Now Available: Registration and Preliminary Program for the 2010 Joint Conference of SOPHE and CDC’s PRC Program
View details for the 2010 Joint Conference of the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) and the PRC Program, "Advocate, Communicate & Translate to Enhance Research and Practice." The conference will be April 7–9, 2010, at the Sheraton Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia. Preliminary program is available at SOPHE’s Web site. Online registration is now open.

Before March 12, 2010, registration is

$325 for professionals            
$175 for students and PRC community members

After March 12, 2010, registration is

$375 for professionals
$210 for students and PRC community members

Descriptions of 2010-2014 Core Research Projects Now Available
Each center conducts at least one core project that reflects the center’s chief research focus with a community. Now available are descriptions of 35 currently funded core research projects. All core project descriptions are organized by topics and can also be accessed through the individual Center Descriptions.

New American Sign Language (ASL) video about H1N1 developed by University of Rochester PRC
A video in ASL aims to inform deaf people about H1N1 and how to prevent it.

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2009



Newly Funded 2009 Special Interest Projects

24 new research projects will address issues in nutrition, physical activity, healthy aging, and several chronic diseases.

Full Report of PRC National Evaluation Findings Available
The full report, PRC Evaluation Results: Program Context, is now available.  The report provides results from four contextual evaluation studies concerning organizational and community characteristics; community and academic interactions around core research projects; variety, goals, and contextual factors of the core research projects; and training, technical assistance, and mentoring activities.

PRC Program Co-Sponsors 2010 Conference with SOPHE. Call for Abstracts Now Open!
The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) and the PRC Program are holding a joint conference entitled "Advocate, Communicate and Translate to Enhance Research and Practice." The conference will be April 7–9, 2010, at the Sheraton Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia. The deadline for submitting abstracts is October 12, 2009, 8:00 PM (ET).

Seeds of Hope: New Web Site and Its Community Story 
View story of prevention research.

Executive Summary of PRC National Evaluation Findings Available 
The Executive Summary for the Prevention Research Centers Evaluation Results: Program Context is now available. The summary includes key findings from four contextual evaluation studies concerning organizational and community characteristics; community and academic interactions around core research projects; variety, goals, and contextual factors of the core research projects; and training, technical assistance, and mentoring activities.

Three New Minority Fellows Start Prevention Research (2009)
CDC’s Prevention Research Centers Program selects three new minority fellows.

CDC Program Expands to Study Health Needs of Underserved
Research will develop strategies to narrow health disparities gap.

Update: Amendment to 2009 Special Interest Projects (SIPs) Program Announcement #RFA-DP09-00101SUPP09
On May 13, 2009, the SIPs Competitive Supplement #RFA-DP09-00101SUPP09 was amended.

Public Health Reports Summarizes the Blue Ribbon Panel Report
See the March–April 2009 issue of Public Health Reports for a 5-page summary of the 54-page “Communities and Academia Working Together: Report of the Association of Schools of Public Health Prevention Research Centers Blue Ribbon Panel.”

2009 Special Interest Projects (SIPs) Program Announcement #RFA-DP09-00101SUPP09
CDC announces SIPs Competitive Supplement #RFA-DP09-00101SUPP09. Letters of intent are due April 17, 2009. Applications are due May 22, 2009.

PRC Program Cosponsors the 20th National Conference on Chronic Disease Prevention and Control 
The PRC Program is one of three co-sponsors for the conference, to be held Monday, February 23 – Wednesday, February 25, 2009, at the Gaylord National Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland.

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2008


List of Newly Funded 2008 Special Interest Projects
A list of the 2008 Special Interest Projects.

Training Section Updated
Descriptions of 50 new training opportunities have been added to Training the PRCs offer for public health practitioners, advocates, and students.

PRC Program Cosponsors the 20th National Conference on Chronic Disease Prevention and Control 
The PRC Program is one of three co-sponsors for the conference, to be held Monday, February 23 – Wednesday, February 25, 2009, at the Gaylord National Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland.

Effective Intervention Added to the Selected Intervention Section
The intervention, Talking Parents, Healthy Teens, was developed by the UCLA/RAND PRC. The case study describes the work site parenting program, which promotes communication about sexual health between parents and their adolescents.

Four New Minority Fellows Start Prevention Research (2008)
CDC’s Prevention Research Centers Program selects four new minority fellows.

Release of a Blue Ribbon Panel Report on the Prevention Research Centers (PRC) Program 
The Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) released a report "Community and Academia Working Together: Report of the ASPH PRC Blue Ribbon Panel."  The report, developed by an 11-member panel, assesses the PRC Program for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and stakeholders.  The report highlights accomplishments over the program's history and sets forth recommendations for its future.

Update: Amendment to CDC's PRC Program Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 
On September 30, 2008, the CDC’s PRC Program FOA #DP09-001 was amended.

CDC's Prevention Research Centers Program Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA)
The CDC’s PRC Program announces FOA #DP09-001. Letters of intent are due by Monday, September 8, 2008, and the application submission date is Wednesday, October 8, 2008.

Prevention Research Centers Program's 2008 Annual Meeting Concludes
The PRC Program's 2008 Annual Meeting was held March 25–27 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Lessons Learned from Engaging Partners in Evaluation 
A journal article in Preventing Chronic Disease, "Engaging Partners to Initiate Evaluation Efforts: Tactics Used and Lessons Learned From the Prevention Research Centers Program," explains methods used and lessons learned from involving PRC Program stakeholders in the planning and development of a national program evaluation and PRC Program logic model.

PRC 2008 Annual Program Meeting Announcement
The PRC Program announces the PRC 2008 Annual Program Meeting for March 25–27 in Atlanta, GA.

2008 Special Interest Projects (SIPs) Program Announcement #RFA-DP-08-002
CDC announces SIPs Competitive Supplement #RFA-DP-08-002.  Letters of intent are due March 3, 2008. Applications are due April 1, 2008.

PRC Minority Fellowships Program Opens Four New Positions (2008)
Four new PRC Minority Fellowship positions  are available.

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2007


List of Newly Funded 2007 Special Interest Projects
A list of the 2007 Special Interest Projects  is available.

New Booklet Containing Stories of Prevention Research
Building a Healthy World [PDF-2MB]” catalogs past stories of prevention research.

An Article on PRC Program's Trust Project
"Community-Institutional Partnerships: Understanding Trust Among Partners" reports on the methods and findings of the trust project. It is available online through Health Education and Behavior.

Four New Minority Fellows Start Prevention Research (2007)
CDC’s Prevention Research Centers Program selects four new minority fellows.

Next Steps in Community-based Participatory Research
An article in the June 2007 issue of Preventing Chronic Disease, “Community-based Participatory Research: Necessary Next Steps,” suggests that the PRC Program's national assessment may contribute to defining a standard set of competencies and resources required for effective community-based participatory research.

PRC Program Hosting a Seminar on Dissemination
The PRC Program presents a seminar titled Disseminating Chronic Disease Prevention Programs: Learning from Experience.

School-Based Programs: Lessons Learned from CATCH, Planet Health, and Not-On-Tobacco
An article in the April 2007 issue of Preventing Chronic Disease, “School-Based Programs: Lessons Learned from CATCH, Planet Health, and Not-On-Tobacco,” describes features of three successful school health promotion programs developed by PRCs and the lessons learned from development and dissemination.

Prevention Research Centers Program's 2007 Annual Meeting Concludes
The PRC Program’s 2007 Annual Meeting was held from March 12–14 in Atlanta, Georgia.

PRC Minority Fellowship Program Opens Four New Positions (2007)
Four new PRC Minority Fellowship positions are available.

2007 Special Interest Projects (SIPs) Program Announcement
CDC announces SIPs Competitive Supplement #RFA-DP-07-002. Letters of intent are due March 19, 2007. Applications are due April 17, 2007.

Prevention Research Centers Announce 2007 Annual Program Meeting
View announcement of the PRC Program’s 2007 Annual Meeting.

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2006


Four New Minority Fellows Begin Prevention Research (2006)
CDC’s Prevention Research Centers Program selects four new minority fellows.

Using Concept Mapping to Develop a Logic Model
An article, “Using Concept Mapping to Develop a Logic Model for the Prevention Research Centers Program,” in the January 2006 issue of Preventing Chronic Disease describes the PRCs’ process of involving stakeholders in developing a logic model for a national program.

2006 Special Interest Projects (SIPs) Program Announcement
CDC announces SIPs Competitive Supplement #RFA-DP-06-003. Letters of intent are due April 19, 2006. Applications are due May 19, 2006.

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2005


National Community Committee’s Second Quarterly Newsletter Now Available
Find out what the National Community Committee (NCC) is and what it does by reading the NCC’s newsletter.

Contributions to Updating the Public Health Workforce 
An article, “Prevention Research Centers: Contributions to Updating the Public Health Workforce Through Training” in Preventing Chronic Disease highlights several training programs PRCs offer.

PRCs’ Training Catalog Now Online
A Web-based catalog lists training programs offered or sponsored by the centers and some of their affiliates.

2005 Special Interest Projects (SIPs) Program Announcement
CDC announces SIPs Competitive Supplement #RFA-DP-04-003A. Letters of Intent are due Monday 26, 2005. Applications are due June 15, 2005.

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2004


CDC Acknowledges Twenty Years of the PRCs’ Achievements
On Sunday, November 7, 2004, 2:30 PM at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, an event will be held to acknowledge 20 Years of Progress: The Prevention Research Centers Program.

2004 Special Interest Projects Announcement #04003
CDC announces SIPs Competitive Supplement #04003. Letters of intent are due May 7, 2004.  Applications are due May 25, 2004.

Prevention Research Centers Program Selects Minority Fellows (2004)
CDC’s Prevention Research Centers Program selects three new minority fellows.

18th National Conference on Chronic Disease Prevention and Control cosponsored by CDC, Chronic Disease Directors, and Prevention Research Centers
Conference Logo: Investing in Health: The Dollars and Sense of Prevention

Investing in Health: The Dollars and Sense of Prevention
February 18–20, 2004
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
Washington, DC


Prevention Research Centers Request for Applications (RFA)
CDC announces the second round of competition for the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research Centers Cooperative Agreement RFA.

Preapplication Workshop
Prevention Research Centers (PRC) Program holds a preapplication workshop about the PRC request for applications (RFA)
January 23, 2004
Atlanta, Georgia

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2003


Prevention Research Centers Program Selects Minority Fellow (2003)
CDC’s Prevention Research Centers Program selects four new minority fellows.

CDC Adds New Research Centers

New Research Center in Albany to Address Disease Prevention
New Research Center in Iowa to Address Disease Prevention
 

17th National Conference on Chronic Disease Prevention and Control Cosponsored by CDC, Chronic Disease Directors, and Prevention Research Centers
 

Conference Logo: Gateway to Lifelong Health: The Community Connection

Gateway to Lifelong Health:
The Community Connection
February 19–21, 2003
Millennium Hotel
St. Louis, Missouri

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2002


Prevention Research Centers Program Selects Minority Fellows (2002)
CDC’s Prevention Research Centers Program selects four new minority fellows.

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2001


New Prevention Research Centers Focus on Public Housing and Aging Population
Press release. CDC’s New Prevention Research Centers Focus on Public Housing and Aging Population.

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