Thematic networks are special interest projects that comprise several Prevention Research Centers (PRC) working together on a specific health issue. Past networks have addressed oral health, obesity, tobacco, school health, women’s health, and cardiovascular health. Five networks are currently active:
Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network (CPCRN)
The CPCRN comprises 10 PRCs focused on reducing the burden of cancer, especially in underserved populations. Network members conduct research to help increase the use of proven programs for cancer prevention and control. Read about the CPCRN.
Healthy Aging Research Network (HAN)
HAN consists of seven PRCs that work to better the lives of older adults. Network members translate research into public health practice creating safer and healthier environments for older Americans. Read about HAN.
Managing Epilepsy Well (MEW): Network for Epilepsy Self-Management
MEW includes six PRCs working to improve the quality of life for those with epilepsy. Network members conduct research to advance epilepsy self-management. Read about MEW.
Nutrition and Obesity Policy Research Network (NOPREN)
NOPREN is a network of six PRCs that evaluate policy as a tool to improve nutrition and reduce obesity. Network members conduct research projects that enhance the evidence behind effective obesity prevention policies. Read about NOPREN.
Physical Activity Policy Research Network (PAPRN)
PAPRN is made up of five PRCs who aim to increase physical activity in communities. Network members study the effectiveness of policies that can help increase physical activity. Read about PAPRN.
Download the Thematic Networks fact sheet [PDF-150K].