Chronic diseases are among the most common, costly, and preventable of all health problems in the United States. CDC’s Prevention Research Centers (PRC) Program works to understand and address chronic diseases at the community level.
PRCs work with local communities to develop, test, and evaluate solutions to public health problems. During 2019–2024, CDC is funding 26 PRCs across the United States. Each PRC is funded for 5 years to maintain a research center and conduct prevention research that promotes health and prevents chronic illness and other diseases and disabilities.
The solutions developed by PRCs are intended to be applied widely, especially in populations affected by health disparities. In addition to creating healthier communities, PRCs have increased the public health workforce and conducted research that will guide future initiatives.
Every PRC conducts a core research project that engages community members on a range of topics, such as cancer, nutrition and physical activity, diabetes, violence prevention, sexual health, immunization, healthy aging, and more.
In addition to their core research projects, PRCs can conduct prevention research as part of a Special Interest Project (SIP) or SIP Thematic Research Network.
Special Interest Projects. SIPs focus on a topic of interest or a gap in scientific evidence. Currently funded PRCs can apply for funding for these supplemental projects, sponsored by CDC programs.
Thematic Research Networks. Thematic networks are a type of SIP that includes multiple PRCs working together on one health issue. There are currently four thematic research networks: Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network, Managing Epilepsy Well Network, Nutrition and Obesity Policy Research and Evaluation, and Physical Activity Policy Research and Evaluation.