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 most at risk of health disparities.


CDC Prevention Research Centers Program

HPRC Receives $900,000 for Special Interest Projects

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded $900,000 to the UW Health Promotion Research Center to fund two Special Interest Projects: Evaluating the Adoption and Implementation of an Evidence-Based Patient Navigation Intervention for Colonoscopy Screening The New Hampshire Colorectal Cancer Screening Control Program Patient Navigation intervention has been shown to be effective […]

EnhanceFitness class, Health Promotion Research Center

30th Anniversary Community Highlight

The CDC Prevention Research Centers (PRC) Program and HPRC celebrate their 30th anniversary during 2016! The UW Health Promotion Research Center was part of the initial group of PRCs funded in 1986. We are proud to have partnered with excellent community organizations to conduct research with results that have been translated into policy and public health […]

(l-r): Lillian Prueher (HBRN scholar), Wesley Lum (NAPCA), Lesley Steinman (HPRC), Minhui Liu (HBRN scholar)

Bringing Asian American and Pacific Islander Voices to the Table

In a partnership with the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA), HPRC researchers and scholars with the Healthy Brain Research Network (HBRN) will be testing cognitive health promotion messages for cultural relevance. This project, Developing Media Messages for Adult Children with Concerns About an Aging Parent, aligns well with NAPCA’s mission to bring Asian […]

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PT-REFER Study Recent Findings

The second year of this five-year project is now underway. In the past year, we have conducted formative research through observations of physical therapists (PTs) interacting with patients in clinical settings and interviews with PTs and YMCA staff. Here are some of the findings that will drive the design of the intervention to be tested.

Rapid Assessment of Physical Activity

RAPA: Free Download

The Rapid Assessment of Physical Activity (RAPA) questionnaire was designed to provide clinicians with a tool for quickly assessing the level of physical activity of their older adult patients. It was developed after a review and evaluation of existing written questionnaires, and was found to be reliable and valid compared with the longer, validated Community […]

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