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The HPRC Link Newsletter
Newsletter of the UW Health Promotion Research Center  July 2013


What's new?

  • HPRC research assistant Claire Allen received the Gilbert S. Omenn Award for Academic Excellence.
  • A recent HPRC paper in The Gerontologist generated news about the how the environment encourages or discourages older adults from walking.
  • HPRC prepared a report assessing the relationship between health and low socioeconomic status (SES) in 12 western states for the American Cancer Society. The report finds that low-SES individuals have significantly higher risks for disease combined with poor access to healthcare.

AARP to Share New Healthy Aging Resources on Website

SeniorsWith more than 37 million members, AARP is one of the leading voices in the efforts to help people age 50 and older improve the quality of their lives. Now AARP has partnered with the CDC Healthy Aging Research Network (HAN) and the HAN Coordinating Center at the University of Washington Health Promotion Research Center to provide resources on its livable communities website (www.aarp.org/livable).

This partnership will make resources from HAN’s Environmental and Policy Change Clearinghouse more widely available. The Clearinghouse contains more than 130 resources, including toolkits, best practices, and case studies that cover topics of healthy aging, built environment, and mobility.


Spotlight on Claire Allen

Claire AllenClaire Allen, MPH, a research coordinator at HPRC, recently received the Gilbert S. Omenn Award for Academic Excellence upon graduation from the UW School of Public Health. This award is given by the School of Public Health to recognize outstanding achievement by one master’s level graduate student who excels in scholarship and demonstrates a commitment to public health.

Claire has a straightforward view of public health. She says, “Ultimately, I think public health is about people.” Her professional activities, both before and during her graduate studies, show this perspective in action. She has worked with a variety of populations, including Latino immigrants, homeless adolescents, cancer patients, and children living in orphanages in Chile and Vietnam.


Selected Publications

The Healthy Aging Research Network’s work during the past ten years can inform practical ways to create community environments that promote health and prevent injuries in older adults.

Hunter RH, Anderson LA, Belza B, Bodiford K, Hooker SP, Kochtitzky CS, et al. Environments for healthy aging: linking prevention research and public health practice. Preventing chronic disease. 2013;10:E55.

Offering pre-biopsy education to men about potential treatment options for prostate cancer appears to benefit those who are diagnosed from the biopsy and does not appear to increase the anxiety among those who have a negative biopsy.

Zeliadt SB, Hannon PA, Trivedi RB, Bonner LM, Vu TT, Simons C, et al. A preliminary exploration of the feasibility of offering men information about potential prostate cancer treatment options before they know their biopsy results. BMC medical informatics and decision making. 2013;13:19.



Save the Date

The next Community Advisory Board meeting will be on Friday, July 19th, at the Tukwila Community Center, 8:45 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Directions.

Elder Friendly Futures Gerontology Conference will be held at the University of Washington on September 11-12, 2013.


Claire Allen, HPRC research assistant, graduated with her MPH and accepted a position as research coordinator at HPRC.

Congratulations to all graduating students, including HPRC’s Meredith Cook who received her PhD in Health Services and Clarissa Lord Brundage who received her MPH in the Community-Oriented Public Health Practice program.

Stephanie Potts, an HPRC research assistant, has received her Peace Corps assignment. She will be heading to Ghana in September.


Health Promotion Research Center is a research center at the University of Washington School of Public Health funded by the Prevention Research Centers Program of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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