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Prevention Research Centers: 30 Years of Building Healthier Communities

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PRC Studies the Health Needs of Deaf Americans

Deaf and hearing researchers and community members from the University of Rochester PRC created the Deaf Health Survey, a video-based survey of health risk behaviors among deaf adults who use American Sign Language. Because national health surveys are not conducted in sign language, little is known about the health risk behaviors of deaf adults. The survey produced the first health surveillance data from deaf adults in Rochester, New York. The partners changed the survey technology so that deaf people can regularly participate in surveys to help provide information for effective health promotion strategies.