Prevention Research Centers

Prevention Research Centers, known as the PRC program, consists of 26 public health universities or schools of medicines that conduct community engaged research that address health disparities. Each PRC conducts a core research project over five years that addresses behavioral and environmental factors within a community on topics that include: smoking and substance abuse; cancer; cardiovascular disease; injury prevention; sexual health; obesity, nutrition and physical activity. Over the past two years ASTHO has supported the CDC in promoting research, tools and programs developed by the PRC program.

Virtual Events 

Ask the Experts: Improving Health Disparities in Rural Communities
June 29, 2018

ASTHO and CDC hosted a virtual session on improving health disparities in rural communities, with experts from the New Mexico Department of Health, CDC, University of New Mexico Prevention Research Center and South Carolina University Prevention Research Center addressing policy, systems and environmental change strategies for promoting public health in rural settings. Panelists engaged in a discussion about innovative public health programs and partnerships for improving health disparities in rural communities.

Ask the Experts: Integrating Mental and Public Health
May 30, 2018


ASTHO and CDC hosted a virtual session on integrating mental and public health, with experts from the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, University of Washington Prevention Research Center, and Dartmouth University Prevention Research Center. Panelists engaged in a discussion about implementing public health programs for people with mental health disorders, how to systematically integrate behavioral and public health systems, and how to reduce mental/behavioral health stigma.

Ask the Experts: Preventing Childhood Obesity
Mar. 1, 2018 


ASTHO and CDC hosted a virtual session on preventing childhood obesity, with experts from the West Virginia Department of Health, CDC Division of Population Health, Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center and West Virginia Prevention Research Center addressing evidence-based programs and key partnerships for developing successful prevention initiatives. Panelists engaged in a discussion about the intersections of community-based research, policy development and public health practice.

Preventing Risk Behavior by Building Resilience Among Youth
June 15, 2017


ASTHO and CDC hosted a webinar highlighting how state health agencies can collaborate with educational and tribal health agencies to implement programs that increase protective factors and prevent youth health risk behavior.  Experts from Minnesota Healthy Youth Development Prevention Research Center discussed how states can incorporate protective factor measures in state surveillance systems. In addition, experts from Oregon Health and Science University Center for Healthy Communities and Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board identified strategies for developing programs for at risk youth like Native American adolescents.

PRC and Public Health Partnerships to Improve Access to Nutrition in Communities
Mar. 21, 2017


ASTHO and CDC convened a webinar highlighting how public health partnerships are reducing health inequities by implementing nutrition policies and programs that increase access to healthy food in low-socioeconomic communities. Presenters from Ohio discussed Building Capacity for Obesity Prevention (BCOP), a partnership between Case Western Reserve University PRC, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (Snap-ED) and the Department of Health focused on improving nutrition policies. The webinar also highlighted how University of California San Francisco PRC is working with Feeding America is analyzing barriers to access of fresh produce in foodbanks and implementing nationwide healthy food policies for fresh produce distribution.

Engaging Community Health Workers to Reduce Chronic Diseases and Promote Community-Clinical Linkages
Jan. 17, 2017


ASTHO and CDC hosted a webinar highlight research and tools for engaging community health workers (CHWs) to prevent chronic diseases.  The University of Arizona PRC experts discussed best practices for engaging CHWs in clinical settings. Researchers from the University of North Carolina PRC also discussed how CHWs, health departments, and primary care clinics are collaborating to reduce cardiovascular diseases in rural communities. Finally, a presenter from the New York University School of Medicine PRC described how the center is building on the Million Hearts initiative by integrating CHW and physician support models.


University of Washington’s PEARLS Model Reduces Depression Among Older Adults
July 5, 2018
University of Washington Health Promotion Research Center (HPRC) developed and implemented one of the most effective evidence-based programs for older adult depression. The Program to Encourage Active, Rewarding Lives for Seniors (PEARLS) is a home- and community-based program that has been shown to reduce depression symptoms by over 50 percent and designed to reduce the stigma associated with depression and mental health.

Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center Tackles Childhood Obesity
May 14, 2018
The Yale University Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center (PRC) is preventing childhood obesity through Community Health Opportunities Organized with Schools at the Epicenter (CHOOSE), a multi-partner and multi-level intervention for communities in Connecticut designed to improve nutrition and physical activity in school-aged children.

More New Orleanians Get Movin’ Thanks to Prevention Research
June 20, 2017
Tulane University Prevention Research Center collaborated with  health officials, policymakers, neighborhood ambassadors, businesses, and city planners to rebuild New Orleans, after hurricane Katrina, with an emphasis on promoting health and well-being for all its residents. Initiatives included collecting data to improve food access, starting a neighborhood ambassador program, and implementing Movin’ for LIFE, a core research project focused on connecting residents to resources that promote healthy eating and physical activity.

Arkansas Leads the Way in Controlling Hypertension with Prevention Research Study
Mar. 30, 2017
The Arkansas Prevention Research Center (ARPC) partnered with the Arkansas Department of Health, through a community advisory board, to improve blood pressure control in hypertensive patients. ARPRC is working collaboratively to utilize community health workers  to develop instructional videos and support patients in controlling their blood pressure.