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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

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.


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


Barnett SBL, Coe NB, Harris JR, Basu A. Washington's privatization of liquor: Effects on household alcohol purchases from Initiative 1183. Addiction. 2019 Oct 31. doi: 10.1111/add.14875. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 31670853
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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
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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
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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
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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
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2019
Member, dissertation committee for Meagan Brown
Promoting Health Among Vulnerable Workers: Disentangling Context and Implementation

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

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

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

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

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

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research Centers
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
PI:   Hannon           Dates:    9/30/2018 - 9/29/2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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/