Health Promotion Research Center

Participation Dates: Sept. 30, 2002 – Sept. 29, 2024

The University of Washington Health Promotion Research Center (UW HPRC) is one of eight collaborating centers of the national Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network (CPCRN) and contributes to the network through the Alliance for Reducing Cancer, Northwest (ARC NW). The UW Health Promotion Research Center is also one of the initial members of the national network.

Our collaborative purpose is to strengthen the translation of effective interventions into practice through research, training, and technical assistance using established organizational infrastructure, strong community relationships, and cross-center projects. ARC NW includes partners from research, health care, and community organizations.

Together, we emphasize effectiveness, dissemination, and implementation research in the areas of cancer screening, physical activity, and vaccine-preventable cancers.


To build relationships between researchers and community partners, conduct cancer-related research, and translate research into community practice.


Facilitate and conduct community-based cancer prevention and control research that:

  • Will build upon existing knowledge.
  • Addresses critical gaps in the Guide to Community Preventive Services and other published literature.
  • Leads to the adoption, implementation, and dissemination of successful programs in communities.


ARC NW is lead by principal investigator Linda Ko. While ARC NW is based at the UW Health Promotion Research Center, its members and partners are from multiple regional organizations. Those collaborating organizations include:

  • American Cancer Society
  • Colon STARS
  • Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
  • Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research
  • Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute
  • Nuestra Casa
  • OHSU-PSU School of Public Health
  • Public Health – Seattle & King County
  • University of Washington Medicine
  • University of Washington School of Nursing
  • University of Washington School of Public Health
  • U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
  • Washington Association for Community Health
  • Washington State Department of Health

Alliance for Reducing Cancer, Northwest Reach

Washington State

130,700+ patients
100+ health centers
20 counties

Washington state map with 20 counties colored in blue to represent Cancer Prevention and Control efforts.

Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network

The Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network (CPCRN) is a national collaborative funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and is a thematic network within the CDC Prevention Research Center (PRC) network. The National Cancer Institute is also actively involved in the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network efforts.

CPCRN’s ultimate goal is to reduce cancer incidence and mortality through community-based research that will accelerate the implementation and adoption of evidence-based cancer prevention and control in communities.

CPCRN Members

The ARC NW is one of eight national centers funded by the National Cancer Institute and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as part of a national collaborative effort with the CPCRN.
The current network member centers are:

  • University of Arizona
  • Colorado School of Public Health
  • Emory Prevention Research Center
  • NYU-CUNY Prevention Research Center (a joint effort with New York University and City University of New York)
  • University of Iowa
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (coordinating center)
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of Washington