Health Promotion Research Center

The University of Washington Health Promotion Research Center (UW HPRC) develops tools and guides in collaboration with community partners and regional or national networks to help improve community health. Some of these tools and guides are created to support specific evidence-based programs.

Below you will see some of our select tools and guides organized by the following categories:

Older Adult Health Promotion

AAPI Dementia Action Guide

This guide is for community-based organizations working to educate and empower Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities about dementia. The purpose of the guide is to share information on:

  • Barriers to dementia detection, treatment, and support for the AAPI community,
  • Recent findings from a research study to test culturally appropriate messages to improve early identification of dementia by engaging adult children and their families, and
  • Recommendations and resources for better reaching the AAPI community.


Environmental Audit Tools & Protocols

Environmental audit measures are an established means of assessing neighborhood walkability and pedestrian safety, especially in urban settings. The Healthy Aging Research Network (HAN) developed several tools to assess the pedestrian environment with particular attention to the needs of older adults and people with disabilities.

Fall Prevention Health History Questionnaire

A sample questionnaire from the Harborview Medical Center Fall Prevention Clinic. An investigator with the UW Health Promotion Research Center (UW HPRC) lead a project to develop this questionnaire.

Mall Walking: A Program Resource Guide

Information about the health benefits of mall walking and practical strategies for starting and maintaining walking programs in malls and other venues.

Neighborhood Walkability Scoring Tools

Two surveys that can be used to score neighborhood environments for walkability.
DOWNLOAD: Neighborhood Walkability Score Survey
DOWNLOAD: GIS Neighborhood Walkability Score

Rapid Assessment Physical Activity Tool

A brief instrument to assess physical activity in older adults. It is designed to be easily incorporated into clinical practice. We also have a version of the RAPA that can be conducted by telephone, known as the Telephone-based Assessment Physical Activity Tool (TAPA).

PEARLS Implementation Toolkit

This toolkit provides program background, detailed instructions, guidance, tips, and all the forms needed to effectively implement the Program to Encourage, Active Rewarding Lives (PEARLS). Before providing the program to your community, staff at your organization should complete training.

Cancer Prevention & Control

Putting Public Health Evidence in Action

An interactive training curriculum to support community program planners and health educators in developing skills in using evidence-based approaches and learning about new tools for planning and evaluating community health interventions. The Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network (CPCRN) developed the training and guide. The UW Health Promotion Research Center (UW HPRC) is a member center of the network.

Field Guide for Assessing Readiness to Implement Evidence-Based Cancer Screening Interventions

This Field Guide helps public health and health care organizations assess primary care clinics’ readiness to implement new and enhance existing evidence-based interventions to increase cancer screening. It is designed for funding recipients of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Colorectal Cancer Control Program (CRCCP) and recipients’ clinic partners, although other cancer screening and chronic disease programs can use it.

Workplace Wellness

Please check back to see updates on our workplace wellness offerings.

Additional Tools & Guides

Dissemination: Promoting the Use of Best Practices

A step-by-step guide to help organizations develop plans for disseminating evidence-based strategies outside research settings.

Compendium of Evidence-Based Strategies for Hypertension Control

This compendium is meant to support local health jurisdictions in addressing hypertension in their communities through four pathways: clinical systems, community pharmacists, community health workers, and community organizations. We summarized evidence-based practices – both clinical and non-clinical – that can be implemented in each of the pathways to increase hypertension awareness, treatment and control.

Delivery of EnhanceFitness Trial (DEFT) Resource Guide for Improving Digital Equity

This resource guide provides information on digital inequity and recommends several organizations that provide equipment, skills training, and/or other tools to promote digital equity across the country.