Health Promotion Research Center

The University of Washington Health Promotion Research Center (UW HPRC) collaborates with communities to conduct research on a broad range of health promotion topics, including healthy aging, cancer prevention and control, workplace health, physical activity, depression management, and brain health.

Older Adult Health Promotion

We work with community organizations that reach and promote mental health services and healthy levels of physical activity to older adults through effective programs, tools, and policies, which include but are not limited to:

Cancer Prevention & Control

We collaborate with local, regional, and national partners to improve cancer outcomes and screening rates through community-based research. Our investigators conduct research on a variety of cancer control and prevention efforts for colorectal, breast, and cervical cancers.

As part of our work, we are a member center of the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network (CPCRN), a national collaborative effort and thematic network within the CDC Prevention Research Centers (PRC) network. Our goal is to reduce the burden of cancer, particularly for low-income and/or underserved populations who are more likely to experience health disparities.

The UW Health Promotion Research Center participates in the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network through a local assembly of partners and collaborators that we have formed, known as the Alliance for Reducing Cancer, Northwest (ARC NW).

Workplace Wellness

We work with local and national partners to develop, test, and disseminate programs that encourage health-promoting behaviors in the workplace and focus on access to healthier foods and beverages, increased physical activity, cancer screening, and tobacco control. This includes our Connect to Wellness program.

Much of our research focuses on healthy aging, which occurs throughout adulthood. UW HPRC researchers understand that to support healthy aging, health promotion is important for all ages.

Our research emphasizes reducing health disparities among communities of color and/or people who are disproportionately affected by inequities, such as poverty and limited access to health care, which affect individual health and quality-of-life.