What We Do
The Health Promotion Research Center (HPRC) conducts 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.
HPRC 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 middle-aged and older adults. We partner with organizations that reach large numbers of individuals, including nonprofit organizations, employers, business groups, community networks, and governmental agencies.
History of HPRC
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 licensed nationally 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.