History of HPRC

CDC Prevention Research Centers logoThe CDC Prevention Research Centers (PRC) Program and HPRC have been working to build healthier communities for over 30 years.

The PRC network, which now includes 26 centers across the U.S., became a reality in 1986 after Congress authorized funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to create academic centers to conduct community-based public health research. The UW Health Promotion Research Center (HPRC) was part of the initial group of three PRCs funded in 1986. We are proud to have spent over three decades partnering with excellent community organizations to conduct research with results that have been translated into policy and public health practice.

Read more about the history of the PRC Program here.

Early HPRC research resulted in development of our flagship programs:

HPRC MissionOur Mission

To partner with communities to conduct prevention research that promotes healthy aging and is incorporated into community practice.

Our Vision

Effective healthy aging programs, practices, and policies are widely implemented in the Pacific Northwest and nationally.

Our Values

  • Collaboration: HPRC collaborates with partners in diverse communities and settings.
  • Innovation: HPRC develops, tests, and disseminates innovative health promotion strategies.
  • Equity: HPRC focuses on vulnerable populations to improve health and reduce disparities.


Watch a video produced for HPRC’s 25th anniversary in 2011, showing the foundations of our community-based research and programs: