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Prevention Research

Prevention Research Centers Program

The Health Promotion Research Center is one of 37 Prevention Research Centers (PRCs) funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through the Prevention Research Centers Program (cooperative agreement # 1-U48-DP-001911).

Each Prevention Research Center focuses on a health problem of great concern, a specific population, or a defined geographic area. All PRCs share two major goals: 1) identification of public health solutions for vulnerable populations and 2) formation of partnerships with health departments, other academic units, healthcare organizations, and community groups.

More about the Prevention Research Centers Program.

List of other PRCs and their locations.

Prevention Research Centers updates

Prevention Research Centers program video

What Is Prevention Research?

Research focused on prevention often investigates ways to prolong individuals' health, well-being, and independence by identifying health-related concerns and developing strategies for promoting healthy behaviors. This kind of research often occurs at the community level and is an important counterpart to laboratory or biomedical research.

Prevention research often focuses on chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, since many of the factors that contribute to these diseases can be modified. In fact, public health officials often point out that the three leading causes of death in the United States – heart disease, cancer, and stroke – are linked to four modifiable risk factors: poor diet, lack of exercise, and use of alcohol and tobacco.