Jeffrey R. Harris
We have never had a greater opportunity to improve population health and increase health equity; the Department of Health Services 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.
EducationMBA 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 Infoemail: email@example.com
office: H-680B, Health Sciences Building
1959 NE Pacific
Seattle, WA 98195-7660
campus box: 357660
Jeff Harris currently serves as professor and chair of the Department of Health Services. He continues as an investigator at the UW Health Promotion Research Center, which he directed 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.
Brown MC, Harris JR, Hammerback K, Kohn MJ, Parrish AT, Chan GK, Ornelas IJ, Helfrich CD, Hannon PA. Development of a Wellness Committee Implementation Index for Workplace Health Promotion Programs in Small Businesses. Am J Health Promot. 2020 Feb 20:890117120906967. doi: 10.1177/0890117120906967. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 32077300
Kava CM, Hannon PA, Harris JR. Use of Cigarettes and E-Cigarettes and Dual Use Among Adult Employees in the US Workplace. Prev Chronic Dis. 2020 Feb 20;17:E16. doi: 10.5888/pcd17.190217. PMID: 32078502 PMCID: PMC7085907
Hannon PA, Hammerback K, Kohn MJ, Kava CM, Gary Chan KC, Parrish AT, Allen C, Helfrich CD, Mayotte C, Beresford SA, Harris JR. Disseminating Evidence-Based Interventions in Small, Low-Wage Worksites: A Randomized Controlled Trial in King County, Washington (2014-2017). Am J Public Health. 2019 Dec;109(12):1739-1746. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2019.305313. Epub 2019 Oct 17. PMID: 31622155 PMCID: PMC6836801
Harris JR, Hammerback K, Brown M, Ryan DE, Coe NB, Pike KJ, Santiago PM, Hannon PA. Local Health Jurisdiction Staff Deliver Health Promotion to Small Worksites, Washington. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2019 Nov 14. doi: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000001105. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 31738191
PI: Hannon Dates: 6/15/2020 - 9/30/2020
PI: Harris Dates: 1/1/2020 - 12/31/2020
PI: Hannon Dates: 9/30/2019 - 9/29/2024
PI: Harris Dates: 9/1/2019 - 8/31/2023
PI: Harris Dates: 9/1/2019 - 8/31/2020
PI: Harris Dates: 6/1/2019 - 5/31/2020
PI: Harris Dates: 1/1/2019 - 12/31/2019
PI: Hannon Dates: 9/30/2018 - 9/29/2019
PI: Hannon Dates: 4/1/2018 - 3/31/2023
PI: Harris Dates: 1/1/2018 - 12/31/2018
PI: Hannon Dates: 9/30/2017 - 9/29/2018
PI: Harris Dates: 9/1/2017 - 8/31/2018
PI: Harris Dates: 7/1/2017 - 12/31/2017
PI: Harris Dates: 7/1/2017 - 12/31/2018
PI: Harris Dates: 1/1/2017 - 12/31/2017
PI: Hannon Dates: 9/30/2016 - 9/29/2017
PI: Harris Dates: 9/1/2016 - 8/31/2017
PI: Harris Dates: 9/30/2014 - 9/29/2019
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.
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