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Jeffrey R. Harris

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We have never had a greater opportunity to improve population health and increase health equity; the Department of Health Systems and Population Health is in the perfect place to contribute in a major way. We develop leaders in public health, health administration, and health informatics. Our research and service partners include organizations working in community-based health, governmental public health, and health care. Working together, we can and do make a real difference.
Professor, Health Systems and Population Health


Education

MBA   University of Washington, 2003
MPH   Johns Hopkins University, 1993   (Public Health)
MD   University of Texas (Southwestern), 1978   (Medicine)
BA   University of Texas (Austin), 1975   (Zoology)

Contact Info

email:   jh7@uw.edu

office:   HRC 415

address:
3980 15th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98195-1621

campus box:   351621
voice:   206-616-8113

About

Jeff Harris is currently a professor in the Department of Health Systems and Population Health, and an investigator at the UW Health Promotion Research Center (HPRC). Dr. Harris served as chair of the department from 2015 to 2022, and prior to that, as HPRC director from 2007 to 2015.

Dr. Harris began his public health career as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer (disease detective) with the U.S. Public Health Service and CDC. Before moving to Seattle in 2001, Dr. Harris served for 20 years with CDC, where he was a co-investigator of a 120,000-person cholera vaccine trial in Bangladesh, led development of the 70-country AIDS prevention program at the Agency for International Development, oversaw development of CDC's Guide to Community Preventive Services, and served as CDC's policy director under Dr. David Satcher, its liaison to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, and as its lead participant in the development for HEDIS quality-of-care measures by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. Dr. Harris is an epidemiologist and physician, board-certified in internal medicine and preventive medicine. He also received a Master’s of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University and a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Washington.

His research focuses on putting prevention into practice at a scale that increases health equity and makes a difference in population health. Sub-areas of interest include: community-based prevention of chronic diseases, COVID-19, dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practices, healthy aging, and workplace health promotion. His research methods include epidemiology, implementation science, and systematic review.


Adult immunization; cancer screening; chronic disease; community-based prevention; health equity; health promotion; implementation science; older adults; physical activity; tobacco; workplace health; COVID-19


Kava CM, Ruiz RA, Harris JR, Hannon PA. Worksite tobacco control - a qualitative study on perspectives from employers and employees at small worksites. BMC Public Health. 2022 May 6;22(1):904. doi: 10.1186/s12889-022-13346-y.  PMID: 35524298    PMCID: PMC9073486
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Fishleder S, Harris JR, Petrescu-Prahova M, Kohn M, Helfrich CD. Development and Feasibility Testing of the Clinical-Community Linkage Self-Assessment Survey for Community Organizations. Front Public Health. 2022 May 20;10:797468. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2022.797468. eCollection 2022.  PMID: 35669755    PMCID: PMC9163549
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Harris JR, Kava CM, Chan KCG, Kohn MJ, Hammerback K, Parrish AT, Helfrich CD, Hannon PA. Pathways to Employee Outcomes in a Workplace Health Promotion Program. Am J Health Promot. 2022 May;36(4):662-672. doi: 10.1177/08901171211066898. Epub 2022 Jan 4.  PMID: 34983199    PMCID: PMC9012684
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Petrescu-Prahova M, Harris JR, Leroux B, Kohn M, Kava CM, Zeliadt SB, Steinman L, Fishleder S, Basia Belza, Gakhar M, Hannon PA. Clinical-community linkages as a strategy for increasing evidence-based program reach: Results of the PT-REFER randomized controlled trial with older adults and YMCA associations. Contemp Clin Trials Commun. 2022 Jan 20;26:100888. doi: 10.1016/j.conctc.2022.100888. eCollection 2022 Apr.  PMID: 35106400    PMCID: PMC8789527
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Hannon PA, Hammerback K, Kava CM, Bravo-Acevedo P, Strait M, Harris JR. By the Seat of Our Pants: the Experience of Small Businesses in the COVID-19 Pandemic, Washington State, March-October 2020. Prev Chronic Dis. 2022 Mar 24;19:E14. doi: 10.5888/pcd19.210366.  PMID: 35324423    PMCID: PMC8992682
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2021
Chair, thesis committee for Shiyun Chua
Effectiveness of Deprescribing Interventions in Older Adults: An Overview of Systematic Reviews

2021
Chair, capstone for Katherine Greenawalt
Using Texas Infertility Prevention Project (TIPP) data to inform sexual and reproductive health initiatives.

2021
Chair, capstone for Bryce McGowan
Evaluation of Culturally Appropriate Obesity Prevention Strategies

2019
Member, dissertation committee for Meagan Brown
Promoting Health Among Vulnerable Workers: Disentangling Context and Implementation

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Centers
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
PI:   Hannon           Dates:    9/30/2022 - 9/29/2023

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Centers
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
PI:   Hannon           Dates:    9/30/2021 - 9/29/2022

Alliance for Reducing Cancer Northwest: Breast, Colorectal, and Cervical Cancer and Comp Cancer
Washington State Department of Health (DOH)
PI:   Hannon           Dates:    6/30/2021 - 6/29/2022

Connecting Behavioral Science to COVID-19 Vaccine Demand (CBS-CVD) Network
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
PI:   Hannon           Dates:    4/15/2021 - 3/16/2022

Metabolism-Informed Care to Aid Alaska Native People to Quit Smoking
Southcentral Foundation
PI:   Harris           Dates:    4/1/2021 - 3/31/2025

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research Centers
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
PI:   Hannon           Dates:    9/30/2020 - 9/29/2021

Feeding Our Children: Comparing Pandemic EBT and School Meals-to-Go
Duke University
PI:   Harris           Dates:    9/15/2020 - 6/15/2021

CRCS ENGAGEMENT
National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD)
PI:   Harris           Dates:    8/1/2020 - 7/31/2021

CRCS ENGAGEMENT
National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD)
PI:   Hannon           Dates:    6/15/2020 - 9/30/2020

Unifying and Enriching the American Cancer Society’s Workplace Health Initiatives
American Cancer Society (ACS)
PI:   Harris           Dates:    1/1/2020 - 12/31/2020

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research Centers
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
PI:   Hannon           Dates:    9/30/2019 - 9/29/2024

VA Services Agreement 2019-2020
VA Puget Sound Health Care System (VAPSHCS)
PI:   Harris           Dates:    9/1/2019 - 8/31/2020

VA Services Agreement 2019-2023
VA Puget Sound Health Care System (VAPSHCS)
PI:   Harris           Dates:    9/1/2019 - 8/31/2023

Don't be Fooled! Developing and testing water consumption-related social media messages for parents of Latinx children age 0-5.
Arcora - the Foundation of Delta Dental of Washington
PI:   Harris           Dates:    6/1/2019 - 5/31/2020

Unifying and Enriching the American Cancer Society’s Workplace Health Initiatives
American Cancer Society (ACS)
PI:   Harris           Dates:    1/1/2019 - 12/31/2019

Increasing Implementation of Evidence-Based Interventions at Low-Wage Worksites
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
PI:   Hannon           Dates:    4/1/2018 - 3/31/2023

Health Promotion Research Center

Dr. Harris previously served as Director and PI for the Health Promotion Research Center. the HPRC is funded by the Prevention Research Center Program at the CDC. The mission of the HPRC is to improve health by conducting high-quality prevention research that has an emphasis on healthy aging and can be incorporated into community practice.
http://depts.washington.edu/hprc/