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PRC Uses The CDC Worksite Health ScoreCard in New HampshirePRC Uses The CDC Worksite Health ScoreCard in New Hampshire
Community partners of the Dartmouth College PRC lead the use of the CDC Worksite Health ScoreCard in Cheshire County, New Hampshire. They are among the first to adopt this tool at the county level, and it may be what helps the county achieve its aspired status as “the healthiest community in the nation” by 2020.

PRC Researchers Develop the First Inventory of Dissemination and Implementation ModelsPRC Researchers Develop the First Inventory of Dissemination and Implementation Models
St. Louis University and Washington University in St. Louis PRC develops the first inventory and categorization of dissemination and implementation models for researchers.

The Body & Soul Program was developed to promote healthy food choices among participating African American church members.Body & Soul: Churches Impact Their Members’ Food Choices
The Body & Soul Program, which has been developed, tested, and supported by several PRCs, incorporates education, church events, and peer counseling to promote healthy food choices among participating African American church members.

Picture of a boardwalkSouth Carolina Training course leads to improved outdoor space for physical activity
University of South Carolina PRC’s Physical Activity and Public Health Course trains health department professionals and post graduate researchers in exercise science and public health evidence-based practices. The experiential learning focus of the course has allowed course attendees to apply their knowledge and improve the physical activity environment in Bluffton, South Carolina and Park City, Utah, where the course is taught.

Dr. Howard Koh is the Assistant Secretary for Health and for the United States Department of Health and Human Sciences Assistant Secretary for Health Howard Koh, MD Highlights PRC Epilepsy Research
PRC’s Managing Epilepsy Well Network and three epilepsy self-management programs developed and tested by PRCs are mentioned in Dr. Koh’s interview with Neurology Reviews.

Web Ease Epilepsy Awareness, Support and Education logoPRC Online Health Program, WebEase©, on the Leading Edge of Technology
The Emory PRC creates the first-ever evidence-based Internet program for epilepsy self-management, WebEase. The program is now available online from the Epilepsy Foundation website, and a mobile-friendly version of the program is under development.

Picture of a African-American man and woman in a walking friendly community pathNew Orleans Named "Walk Friendly Community"
The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center honors New Orleans, Louisiana, with a Bronze-Level Walk Friendly Community designation and notes the contributions of a coalition headed by the Tulane University PRC.
picture of Sally Davis & Dr Richard Kozoll at the White House eventWhite House Honors PRC Community Partner
A partner of the New Mexico PRC is among 13 physical activity proponents the White House calls "role models."
Exercising in a promotora-led classPromotores and PRCs
By working with the centers in the PRC network, the Latino-community health workers learn professional skills and gain valuable experience while helping to improve public health in their local neighborhoods.
1-2-3 Pap LogoReducing the Cancer Burden in Appalachia
A PRC works with state partners to reduce the cancer rate in Kentucky, which has the highest cancer rate in the nation.
EnhanceFitness overview video screenshotEnhanceFitness (Video Presentation)
This three-minute video, produced in 2011, describes how a physical activity program developed by the University of Washington PRC for older adults is also helping people with arthritis.
Group of children at schoolSNaX for Everyone
A promising PRC program helps schools and communities create supportive environments that promote healthy eating and regular physical activity.
Julen Harris, a graduate student in public health who works with the Prevention Research Center at Columbia University in New York CityPreparing the Future's Public Health Professionals
Students working with the experts in the Prevention Research Center network get essential career training and community experience.
Maribel and Jorge CruzLowering the Teen Birth Rate in Texas
The Houston PRC is working with its neighbors to prevent teen pregnancy—one of CDC's six Winnable Battles. Learn how the center equips communities for success.
High-rise apartment buildings in the Lyndale neighborhood

Cultivating Healthy Connections
When a PRC evaluated a farming and marketing program for neighborhood youth, the researchers found many benefits rooted in community service.

GlobeAddressing Chronic Diseases In the Americas
What are the best ways to encourage people in Brazil, Mexico, the United States, and other countries to get enough physical activity to stay healthy? A multinational approach at two PRCs could be the key to success.
Michael Wolske, a volunteer with the Epilepsy Foundation of MichiganNetworking Helps People with Epilepsy Avoid Depression
Researchers at four PRCs are working together in the Managing Epilepsy Well network. The researchers are looking for new
ways to help improve the lives of people with epilepsy.
Man using sign-languageStudying the Health Needs of Deaf Americans
PRC investigators and their community partners are adapting standard scientific tools to study the public health needs of the deaf population in Rochester, NY.
Man Walking on SidewalkMixed-Use Communities:
A Route to Healthy Living?
When people move to mixed-use neighborhoods, they may reduce their car time, but do they increase their healthy habits overall? Researchers at the Emory University PRC are using new technology and a bit of footwork to help answer this question.
Lottie Spencer shows off V.I.M. Park in Sumter, South CarolinaMini-Grants May Maximize Health in South Carolina
With the help of the University of South Carolina PRC, community groups have turned small grants into walking tracks in underserved areas of Sumter County. The community hopes to increase physical activity in the county, which has a high burden of chronic disease.
Members of the Hope WORKS team from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Prevention Research Center.Sewing the Seeds of Good Health
The University of North Carolina PRC's Threads of HOPE project merges health and economic development. Unemployed women in a rural area are encouraged to build a business sewing conference bags and gain the motivation to address health behaviors.
Luz Tour Guide CoverNew Media Bridge the Harlem Health Divide
Researchers at the Harlem Health Promotion Center are using a multimedia approach to help bridge the digital divide and the health divide in New York City.
Members of the Center for Adolescent Health's Youth Advisory CommitteeLove, Pictured: Love Through the Eyes of Baltimore Youth
Baltimore teenagers focused on love for a photo project published as a 2008 calendar by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Adolescent Health. Teens say the love in their lives promotes their health.
Cesar Santes Valencia picks a Valencia orange.Citrus Workers Focus on Eye Safety
Migrant orange pickers are working with the Florida Prevention Research Center to prevent eye injuries through safety glasses and education.
PEARLS Gives Seniors with Minor Depression New HopePEARLS Gives Seniors with Minor Depression New Hope
Seattle's Program to Encourage Active, Healthy Lives for Seniors teaches older adults behavior management techniques that lead to brighter days.
Family members of all ages work together to prepare vegetables and fruit for dinner during a Diabetes and the Family class.Families on the Border Join the Fight Against Diabetes
People are coming together in an Arizona region where diabetes is well above the national average to prove that staying healthy is a family and community affair.
Tracy Dawson-Greene sets out healthy snacks for her 7th grade class at John F. Kennedy Middle School in Florence, Massachusetts, after a Planet Health lesson on nutrition.Reading, Writing, and Reducing Obesity
Planet Health program developed at Harvard Prevention Research Center combines physical activity and nutrition lessons with middle school academic subjects.
New Orleans residents struggle with debris on their streets as the city tries to put itself back together one year after Hurricane Katrina. The Tulane Prevention Research Center wants to help rebuild the city in a better, healthier way.Building a Healthier New Orleans
One year after Hurricane Katrina, the Tulane Prevention Research Center is working hard to ensure that a rebuilt New Orleans is known for its culture, not its chronic diseases.
Photo of Mary and Morgan Spearen discussing their N-O-T experiences.Not On Tobacco
West Virginia’s Not-On-Tobacco intervention has helped thousands of high school students quit smoking. Two sisters share their story.
Photo of Doris Smith walking with Vee Stalker.Community Health Advisors Light Up Alabama’s Black Belt
The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Center for Health Promotion is training community health advisors in an area of Alabama—the Black Belt—where the diabetes and obesity rates are high and income levels are low.
Photo of Charlesetta McDowell leading an EnhanceFitness class.University of Washington PRC Intervention Wins National Award
A proven intervention that originated in one of CDC’s Prevention Research Centers earned national recognition in October 2005 for improving health and physical performance in older adults.


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