Stories of Prevention Research
|PRC 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 Models |
St. Louis University and Washington University in St. Louis PRC develops the first inventory and categorization of dissemination and implementation models for researchers.
|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.
|South 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.
|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.
|PRC 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.
|New 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.
|White House Honors PRC Community Partner |
A partner of the New Mexico PRC is among 13 physical activity proponents the White House calls "role models."
|Promotores 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.
|Reducing 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 (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.
|SNaX for Everyone|
A promising PRC program helps schools and communities create supportive environments that promote healthy eating and regular physical activity.
|Preparing the Future's Public Health Professionals|
Students working with the experts in the Prevention Research Center network get essential career training and community experience.
|Lowering 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.
Cultivating Healthy Connections
|Addressing 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.
|Networking 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.
|Studying 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.
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.
|Mini-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.
|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.
|New 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.
|Love, 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.
|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 Hope|
Seattle's Program to Encourage Active, Healthy Lives for Seniors teaches older adults behavior management techniques that lead to brighter days.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|Not On Tobacco |
West Virginia’s Not-On-Tobacco intervention has helped thousands of high school students quit smoking. Two sisters share their story.
|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.
|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.