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


What's new?

  • HPRC partnered with the Association of Washington Cities and the American Heart Association to present the 26th annual Healthy Worksite Summit, held October 2–3 at the Lynnwood Convention Center.
  • HPRC’s Bob Fraser and Erica Johnson were interviewed for a 20-minute “Hallway Conversations” podcast on epilepsy.com about PACES, an epilepsy self-management program.
  • HPRC presented two posters, moderated three panels, and participated on the planning committee for the Elder-Friendly Futures Conference held September 11–12 at the UW. More than 200 people attended.
  • HPRC’s EnhanceFitness program has been in the news as part of YMCA fitness offerings at some of its locations around the country.

Four New Projects at HPRC

Cigarette buttHPRC was recently awarded funding for four exciting new projects to investigate and assess a diverse range of health issues and services. The projects study mall walking, Quitline services, dementia, and the effect of CT lung screening on smoking cessation.

“We’re excited that our four new projects reinforce HPRC’s emphasis on applied public health research,” says Sheryl Schwartz, HPRC Deputy Director. “Very real-world, relevant questions will be answered by these projects.”

HPRC is one of 37 Prevention Research Centers funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Each Prevention Research Center is eligible to compete for Special Interest Projects program funding, which funded these four new projects.


Spotlight on Steve Zeliadt

Steve ZeliadtSteve Zeliadt, PhD, MPH, is a health economist with a deep interest in public health. He is also a busy man. Steve maintains a multi-faceted connection to HPRC while working full-time for the Veterans Administration (VA) Puget Sound Health Care System.


Selected Publications

As the Affordable Care Act unfolds, federally qualified health centers will likely experience an influx of newly insured low-income patients at risk for cancer which poses opportunities and barriers to providing effective cancer prevention.

Allen, C. L., Harris, J. R., Hannon, P. A., Parrish, A. T., Hammerback, K., Craft, J., & Gray, B. Epub Sept 13 (2013). Opportunities for Improving Cancer Prevention at Federally Qualified Health Centers. J Cancer Educ.

The Healthy Aging Research Network helps meet an urgent need for science translated into practice by providing accessible evidence-based information that helps professionals serving the aging population increase their capacity and effectiveness.

Wilcox, S., Altpeter, M., Anderson, L., Belza, B., Bryant, L., Jones, D. L., et al. The Healthy Aging Research Network Writing Group. (2013). The Healthy Aging Research Network: Building Capacity for Public Health and Aging Practice. Am J Health Promot, 28(1), 206.

Fostering partnerships and using the Breast and Cervical Health Program framework was critical to creating a replicable system for providing quality colorectal screening services to people with limited incomes and no health insurance.

 Phillips-Angeles, E., Song, L., Hannon, P. A., Celedonia, M., Stearns, S., Edwards, K., et al. (2013). Fostering partnerships and program success. Cancer, 119 Suppl 15, 2884-2893. doi: 10.1002/cncr.28157

Save the Date

The next Community Advisory Board meeting will be on Friday, October 18, at the Tukwila Community Center, 8:45 to 11:30 a.m. Directions.

Upcoming HPRC Research Seminar

November 14: Lesley Steinman and Annette Fitzpatrick: “Examining the Impact of Cognitive Impairment on Co-Occurring Chronic Conditions”



Caitlin Mason and Sean Coury are the proud parents of Gavin Peter Coury, who was born on August 29, 2013.



Shuva Dawadi, a PhD student, will work on a project with the American Cancer Society to help large employers connect their low-SES workers with preventive care services and resources.

Grace Kline, a post-doctoral trainee, will work on the YMCA EnhanceFitness project.

Lina Walkinshaw, an MPH student, will work on an evaluation of the Washington Department of Health’s Community Transformation Grant.



Missie Thurston, who has managed HPRC’s communications since January 2012, will be moving to Vermont, where she will be the Director of Marketing and Communications at the Population Media Center.


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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