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Welcome to the Health Promotion Research Center

The Health Promotion Research Center (HPRC) is one of 26 Prevention Research Centers funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We conduct community-based research that promotes the health and well-being of middle-aged and older adults, particularly those with lower incomes and in ethnic/cultural minority populations most at risk of health disparities. We are housed in the University of Washington Department of Health Services, in the School of Public Health.

Learn about HPRC's ongoing and latest research projects here.

New Projects Funded by the CDC

In September 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awarded HPRC $2.56 million to fund three special interest projects:

Lung Screening Economic Costs of Quality Assurance in Lung Cancer Screening Programs

This study will convene an advisory board of experts from five cancer screening programs to identify and rank critical quality measures of lung cancer screening. Three screening programs will then pilot the proposed measures by integrating them into their ongoing quality improvement efforts. Study investigators will measure the costs of generating these quality measures, and the advisory board will review their findings in order to recommend a final set of quality measures for community adoption. “I really care about how screening investments and decisions are made so we have optimal outcomes, and ultimately save lives,” said Steve Zeliadt, principal investigator of the study.

HPV vaccine HPV Vaccine Impact among Men who have Sex with Men

Compared to men who have sex with women, men who have sex with men (MSM) are at higher risk of acquiring anogenital human papillomavirus (HPV) infections and developing anal cancers. Although vaccine trials demonstrated protection against genital lesions and anal neoplasias in MSM, the real-world impact of HPV vaccination introduction in young MSM (18 to 26 years old) has not been established. This study will be the one of the largest to date to evaluate the epidemiology of HPV infections in young men who have sex with men. Principal investigator Rachel Winer said, “HPV and HPV-related diseases are serious health problems. It is important to get data from this population (young MSM) to assist in guiding vaccination policies and promotion.”

FIT test Pilot Program of Mailed Fecal Immunochemical Tests to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates

This project seeks to collaborate with Medicaid health plans to first develop a registry tool to identify patients eligible for colorectal cancer (CRC) screening, then support health plans in implementing a screening and follow-up program to directly mail fecal immunochemical tests to patients' homes. “Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of U.S. cancer deaths,” said Laura-Mae Baldwin, co-principal investigator (PI). “If the program is successful and Medicaid health plans can maintain it over the long term, fewer people will die from CRC.” The project is a collaboration with Group Health Research Institute (Beverly Green, co-PI) and Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research Northwest (Gloria Coronado, co-PI).

Now available: summaries of all HPRC workplace-related research. Review 10 years of research in 10 minutes! See bibliography here.

Healthy Brain Research Network

HPRC Coordinates New Research Network

The CDC Healthy Brain Research Network was created to address a pair of growing public health challenges: promoting cognitive health and addressing the needs of increasing numbers of older Americans living with cognitive impairment. Read more.

Mall Walking: A Program Resource Guide

Available for download: Mall Walking: A Program Resource Guide

The Guide was developed to provide information about the health benefits of mall walking and to present practical strategies for starting and maintaining walking programs in malls and other venues. Read more.

Putting Public Health Evidence in Action

Curriculum Materials

Download training materials for a Putting Public Health Evidence in Action workshop

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PT-REFER core research project


HPRC is partnering with the national YMCA on a new five-year core research project.

Learn more here.

HPRC Community Advisory Board Meeting

Date: Friday, January 22, 2016, 8:30 am-12:00 pm

Location: Tukwila Community Center. Get directions.

HPRC Quarterly Core Research Meeting

Date: Thursday, February 4, 2016, 8:30-10:30 am

Location: HPRC conference room. Get directions.

From the CDC PRC Program