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Overview | Mission, Vision, & Values |
Flagship Programs | Investigators & Staff | Scientific Advisory Board | Community Advisory Board | HPRC Evaluation | Dissemination Research | Healthy Aging Research | Prevention Research


What We Do

The Health Promotion Research Center (HPRC) conducts community-based dissemination research with the goal of promoting the health and well-being of middle-aged and older adults, particularly those with low-incomes and in ethnic/cultural groups that are at increased risk of chronic disease.

HPRC works with organizations that reach large numbers of individuals, including nonprofit organizations, employers, business groups, community networks, and governmental agencies.

Our Affiliations

The Health Promotion Research Center is located in the Department of Health Services in the School of Public Health at the University of Washington, in Seattle, Washington.

We are one of 26 Prevention Research Centers funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through the Prevention Research Centers Program.

Our work is conducted with local, regional, and national partners who are committed to promoting health and quality of life for aging populations. See a list of our partners.

History of HPRC

25 years: 1986-2011

Since its initial funding as a Prevention Research Center in 1986, HPRC has been committed to collaboration with community partners and to working to improve the health of diverse communities most at risk for chronic health conditions.

Early HPRC research resulted in a number of key developments, such as the physical exercise program EnhanceFitness, now managed by Senior Services. In subsequent years, HPRC developed the depression management program PEARLS (Program to Encourage Active, Rewarding Lives) and the American Cancer Society's workplace health promotion programs, Workplace Solutions and HealthLinks.

These developments, and others, were commemorated in 2011 when HPRC celebrated its 25th anniversary. In those 25 years, HPRC had received more than 60 grants and published more than 470 papers. HPRC was first funded as a Prevention Research Center in 1986 as the Center for Health Promotion in Older Adults. In 1996 the center changed its name to Northwest Prevention Effectiveness Center, and in 2000 the name changed to Health Promotion Research Center.

Since 1986 HPRC has focused on collaboration and working to improve the health of communities, particularly those most at risk. HPRC's core research projects in the 2009–2014 funding cycle focus on effective ways to increase the use of evidence-based interventions to reduce falls among older adults, extend Workplace Solutions to mid-sized companies in low-wage industries, and increase adoption of PEARLS and EnhanceFitness.

In addition to the core PRC projects, HPRC conducts a range of other research projects, all focused on dissemination of evidence-based practices. See a list of HPRC's research projects.

Our mission

To partner with communities to conduct prevention research that promotes healthy aging and is incorporated into community practice.

Project List (pdf)

Organization Chart (pdf)