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Prevention Research Centers

PRC Program

The Prevention Research Centers is a network of 26 academic research centers in 24 states that study how people and their communities can avoid or counter the risks for chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, obesity, and cancer. These centers are located at either a school of public health or a medical school that has a preventive medicine residency program. As leaders in translating research results into policy and public health practice, the centers work with communities to develop, evaluate, and implement major community changes that can prevent and control chronic diseases. They identify gaps in research and develop innovative approaches to improving public health that can be shared broadly with public health partners.

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Ask the PRC Experts Virtual Session: Improving Health Disparities in Rural Communities
Date: Recorded, June 29, 2018
Hosted by: ASTHO and CDC


University of California, San Francisco, Prevention Research Center
Colorectal Cancer Screening
Ma Somsouk MD, Principal Investigator

Ma Somouck, M.D.
Principal Investigator


Compared to other cancer screening efforts, colorectal cancer screening remains low, especially in underinsured populations. What can be done to improve screening for this preventable cancer?


For colorectal cancer screening, we have found that physically mailing a stool test kit to patients who are not currently up-to-date on this screening, can dramatically increase the screening rates -- even in underinsured populations. Learn more about the University of California, San Francisco, Prevention Research Center.