The Health Promotion Research Center (HPRC) conducts community-based intervention and dissemination research to promote healthy aging and reduce health inequities, with a focus on five areas: older adult physical health, fall prevention, older adult depression management, workplace health promotion, and cancer prevention and control. HPRC is located in the University of Washington School of Public Health, Department of Health Services, and is one of 26 Prevention Research Centers funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Key Research Contacts
Jeffrey R. Harris, MD, MPH, MBA HPRC, Director
Areas of expertise: Workplace health promotion programs, tobacco and smoking cessation
Elizabeth A. Phelan, MD, MS
Areas of expertise: Fall prevention among elderly; healthy aging
Basia Belza, RN, PhD, FAAN
Healthy Aging Research Network
Areas of expertise: Physical activity among elderly; healthy aging
Mark Snowden, MD, MPH
PEARLS Dissemination Study
Areas of expertise: Depression management and mental health among elderly
Peggy Hannon, PhD
Areas of expertise: Workplace health promotion; community-based cancer screening; tobacco-related health disparities
Previous Media Publications
In this guest commentary, Dr. Jeffrey Harris urges health insurance to cover smoking cessation.
Helping folks quit smoking should be at core of health insurance. Heraldnet (Everett, WA). March 20, 2011.
Guest editorial by Dr. Jeffrey Harris on the importance of continuing to invest in the state's Quitline and other tobacco cessation programs.
Continue the Investment: Washington's tobacco control program is paying big dividends. InHealth Northwest. January 2011.
This article discusses the expansion of Snohomish County's wellness program, based in part on an evaluation of the program by Dr. Jeffrey Harris.
Employee Wellness at Snohomish County Government. Northwest Public Health. Fall/Winter 2010.
This article discusses how HPRC researchers work with organizations and businesses on workplace health promotion activities.
The Health Promotion Research Center: Making a difference in workers' health. University Week. April 29, 2010.
In this op ed, Dr. Jeffrey Harris and Dr. Tim McAfee, chief medical officer of Free & Clear, urge increased taxes on tobacco products.
Tobacco tax hike can thwart marketing to kids. The News Tribune, Feb. 4, 2010.
Dr. Jeffrey Harris discusses the recent mammogram screening recommendations.
The task force behind the mammogram recommendations. Jill Hodges Blog. seattlepi.com. Nov. 2009.
This article profiles HPRC investigator Dr. Mark Snowden and his work with PEARLS.
Psychiatrist dedicated to improving lives, deaths of older adults. University Week. Oct. 1, 2009.
An inside look at an EnhanceFitness class at the Central Area Senior Center.
Taking research from the ivory tower to the exercise mat. University Week. May 7, 2009.
This op ed by Dr. Jeffrey Harris makes the case for continued funding of state tobacco prevention programs.
Don't gut tobacco prevention programs(Op-ed). The Seattle Times. April 17, 2009.
Multimedia Presentations on Our Work
Dr. Elizabeth Phelan discusses how to prevent falls among the elderly. The Good News about Fall Prevention [video]. 2008.
Dr. Jeffrey Harris presents information about Employer-based Health Promotion Programs: What Works and Why [video]. 2008.
Dr. Jeffrey Harris presents a Distinguished Faculty lecture on Beyond Workplace Health Promotion Programs: Improving Health via a Comprehensive Approach [podcast]. 2007.