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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 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.
Professor and Chair, Health Services


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:   H-680B, Health Sciences Building

address:
1959 NE Pacific
Seattle, WA 98195-7660

campus box:   357660
voice:   206-616-8113
fax:   206-543-3964

About

Jeffrey 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.

Before moving to Seattle in 2001, Dr. Harris served for 20 years with the U.S. Public Health Service and 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 a physician, board-certified in internal medicine and preventive medicine. He also received a Masters of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University and a Masters 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, 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


Fishleder S, Petrescu-Prahova M, Harris JR, Leroux B, Bennett K, Helfrich CD, Kohn M, Hannon P. Predictors of Improvement in Physical Function in Older Adults in an Evidence-Based Physical Activity Program (EnhanceFitness). J Geriatr Phys Ther. 2018 Jul 3. doi: 10.1519/JPT.0000000000000202. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 29979352
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Parrish AT, Hammerback K, Hannon PA, Mason C, Wilkie MN, Harris JR. Supporting the Health of Low Socioeconomic Status Employees: Qualitative Perspectives from Employees and Large Companies. J Occup Environ Med. 2018 Mar 13. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000001318. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 29538272
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Helfrich CD, Kohn MJ, Stapleton A, Allen CL, Hammerback KE, Chan KCG, Parrish AT, Ryan DE, Weiner BJ, Harris JR, Hannon PA. Readiness to Change Over Time: Change Commitment and Change Efficacy in a Workplace Health-Promotion Trial. Front Public Health. 2018 Apr 23;6:110. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2018.00110. eCollection 2018.  PMID: 29740572    PMCID: PMC5925216
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Hammerback K, Hannon PA, Parrish AT, Allen C, Kohn MJ, Harris JR. Comparing Strategies for Recruiting Small, Low-Wage Worksites for Community-Based Health Promotion Research. Health Educ Behav. 2018 Apr 1:1090198118769360. doi: 10.1177/1090198118769360. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 29658314
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Passey DG, Brown MC, Hammerback K, Harris JR, Hannon PA. Managers' Support for Employee Wellness Programs: An Integrative Review. Am J Health Promot. 2018 Jan 1:890117118764856. doi: 10.1177/0890117118764856. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 29649899
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2017
Chair, dissertation committee for Sarah Fishleder
Development and evaluation of community-clinical linkages between physical therapy clinics and EnhanceFitness, an evidence-based physical activity program for older adults.

2017
Member, dissertation committee for Deborah Passey
Engaging Managers and Supervisors to Support Employee Health

2016
Member, dissertation committee for Sarah Beth Barnett
Economic evaluations of state and local policies: Depression and related outcomes in populations of vulnerable adults

2015
Chair, thesis committee for Linnea Rooke
An analysis of comprehensive wellness vendors in Washington State

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

Unifying and Enriching the American Cancer Society’s Workplace Health Initiatives
American Cancer Society (ACS)
PI:   Harris           Dates:    1/1/2018 - 12/31/2018

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research Centers
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
PI:   Hannon           Dates:    9/30/2017 - 9/29/2018

VA Services Agreement 2017 - 18
VA Puget Sound Health Care System (VAPSHCS)
PI:   Harris           Dates:    9/1/2017 - 8/31/2018

Unifying and Enriching the American Cancer Society’s Workplace Health Initiatives
American Cancer Society (ACS)
PI:   Harris           Dates:    7/1/2017 - 12/31/2018

ACS Workplace Health Initiatives
American Cancer Society (ACS)
PI:   Harris           Dates:    7/1/2017 - 12/31/2017

ACS GWD 2017
American Cancer Society (ACS)
PI:   Harris           Dates:    1/1/2017 - 12/31/2017

Unifying and Enriching the American Cancer Society’s Workplace Health Initiatives
American Cancer Society (ACS)
PI:   Harris           Dates:    10/1/2016 - 6/30/2017

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research Centers
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
PI:   Hannon           Dates:    9/30/2016 - 9/29/2017

VA Services Agreement 2016 - 17
VA Puget Sound Health Care System (VAPSHCS)
PI:   Harris           Dates:    9/1/2016 - 8/31/2017

Increasing Implementation of Evidence-Based Interventions at Low-Wage Worksites
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
PI:   Hannon           Dates:    5/1/2016 - 4/30/2017

Cancer Prevention and Health Promotion via the CEOs Against Cancer Challenge
American Cancer Society (ACS)
PI:   Harris           Dates:    1/1/2016 - 12/31/2016

Improving Health Targeted Regional Decision Support
Trustees of Indiana University
PI:   Harris           Dates:    9/30/2015 - 9/29/2016

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research Centers
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
PI:   Harris           Dates:    9/29/2015 - 9/30/2016

VA Services Agreement 2015 - 16
VA Puget Sound Health Care System (VAPSHCS)
PI:   Harris           Dates:    9/1/2015 - 8/31/2016

Increasing Implementation of Evidence-Based Interventions at Low-Wage Worksites
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
PI:   Hannon           Dates:    5/1/2015 - 4/30/2016

Community Transformation Grant: Transforming Worksites to Support Health
Washington State Department of Health (DOH)
PI:   Hannon           Dates:    1/16/2015 - 9/29/2015

Cancer Prevention and Health Promotion via the CEOs Against Cancer Challenge
American Cancer Society (ACS)
PI:   Harris           Dates:    1/1/2015 - 12/31/2015

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research Centers
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
PI:   Harris           Dates:    9/30/2014 - 9/29/2019

Increasing Implementation of Evidence-Based Interventions at Low-Wage Worksites
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
PI:   Hannon           Dates:    7/1/2012 - 6/30/2017

Health Promotion Research Center

Dr. Harris serves 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/