“Partnership for the Life Course of Research”: Promoting Diversity in Alzheimer’s Research 

Three people sit at a table during a Brain Health fair to do cognitive testing.

The University of Washington’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) partnered with the Health Promotion Research Center (HPRC) to address the underrepresentation of Hispanic/Latino individuals in Alzheimer’s research.

Najma Mohamed and Lesley Steinman Awarded Tier 1 Pilot Award

Najma Mohamed and Lesley Steinman

Mohamed and Steinman were recently awarded a Tier 1 Pilot Award by the University of Washington Population Health Initiative. The two aim to, “[center] the voices and experiences of the social service workforce and participants,” said Steinman.

Sherry Wu (MPH ’23) Awarded APHA’s Masters Student Research Award in Aging and Public Health

Sherry Wu

Sherry Wu, Research Coordinator and UW alum, has been awarded the 2023 Masters Student Research Award in Aging and Public Health. Wu says, “Our society’s emphasis on productivity categorizes older adults as less desirable. But the experiences and wisdom of older adults are invaluable, and they have a right to fulfilling and healthy lives.”

Training Adapted to Expand Access to Depression Care for Older Adults

The center is excited to launch a new version of the PEARLS Coach Training that is fully remote and online. PEARLS coaches are the heart and soul of an organization’s PEARLS. They are the staff at community-based organizations who meet one-on-one with older adults to help them build the skills they need to live happier, healthier, and more independent lives.

Best Practices for Remote Delivery of Fall Prevention Programs

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The University of Washington Health Promotion Research Center (UW HPRC) has been working with the National Council on Aging to evaluate best practices for remote delivery of evidence-based fall prevention programs because of COVID-19.
During the pandemic, many organizations that were offering evidence-based fall prevention programs closed in-person classes and moved to remote delivery to meet social distancing and safety guidelines.

Reducing Arthritis Pain by Improving Access to Group Exercise During COVID-19

Kushang Patel and his team collaborated with Sound Generations to adapt Enhance®Fitness to be accessible online. Now, they will partner with Y-USA to evaluate whether the online Enhance®Fitness produces similar benefits as the in-person version of the program.

Making Progress, Together

2021 calendar

Welcome to 2021. It is a new year with new possibilities. And was there ever a year where we are all so ready for the potential progress it holds? Take a look back at 2020 with us before we look ahead to what 2021 has to offer at the UW Health Promotion Research Center.

Three New Special Interest Projects for UW HPRC

Annette Fitzpatrick, Sarah Knerr, Larry Kessler

As part of the national Prevention Research Centers (PRC) network, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) awarded the University of Washington Health Promotion Research Center (UW HPRC) three new Special Interest Projects that will focus on early detection of cognitive impairment and cancer prevention.

Studying Decision Making for Older Adults With Dementia

Older Asian American Pacific Islander couple hugging

With this study, Turner and her team plan to provide a better understanding about preferences of older adults with dementia in relation to their transitions in care by interviewing them, their caregivers, and dementia care staff.

PEARLS Connect & PEARLS Equity Updates

PEARLS team member Lesley Steinman at the IDIC

The UW Health Promotion Research Center (UW HPRC) is excited to share the work its researchers have done with two PEARLS studies — PEARLS Connect and PEARLS Equity.

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