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Health Promotion Research Center  April 2014

HPRC Deputy Director Kitty Christensen

Kitty Christensen brings a passion for public health and broad experience in research project management to her new role as Deputy Director of the Health Promotion Research Center. She has over 15 years of experience in public health and health services research settings, including managing projects in the areas of older adults and depression, cancer prevention, workplace health and cancer survivor quality of life. Kitty’s background includes overseeing research activities for a survey research software company, and most recently managing collaborative care implementation projects in the UW Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Born in Juneau, Alaska, and raised in northern California and the Pacific Northwest, Kitty traveled extensively in Europe (she lived in London for five years) and returned to Washington to obtain an undergraduate degree in psychology and business administration from Central Washington University, and an MPH in Health Services from the UW.

What drew you to the field of public health?

In my undergraduate work I was intrigued by the science of the connection between mind and body, and had planned to apply to graduate programs focusing on psychoneuroimmunology. While I was gaining research experience as a volunteer in the Public Health Sciences Division of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, I worked closely with staff and faculty with a wide range of roles and educational backgrounds. I discovered that my planning and organizational skills were more suited to project coordination and management.

My first full-time job at Fred Hutch was managing a dietary change study in faith communities. I went on to coordinate other research at Fred Hutch that focused on how to change people’s behavior, to improve their health and their lives, and I found it motivating to contribute to that. I decided to pursue an MPH because I valued the connection between research and the potential to make a positive difference in the health of individuals and communities. More >> 

 

Workplace Solutions - CEO Challenge
Washington State CEOs Against Cancer Challenge

As part of World Cancer Day, HPRC director Jeff Harris recently kicked off the CEOs Against Cancer Challenge. The Challenge, a collaboration between the American Cancer Society’s CEOs Against Cancer (CAC) program and HPRC’s Workplace Solutions wellness program, will track the efforts of large Washington employers to provide evidence-based interventions designed to reduce cancer and improve the lives of their employees. HPRC’s Marlana Kohn and Amanda Parrish are on the research team. More >>


ASA Conference 2014 San Diego2014 ASA Conference San Diego

HPRC presented "EnhanceFitness: Strengthening Dissemination and Sustainability Success" at the American Society of Aging conference in March. 

L-R: Ann-Hilary Heston, YMCA of USA; Paige Denison, Senior Services; Susan Snyder, Senior Services; Penny Bailey, ASH Companies; and Basia Belza, University of Washington

 

Selected Publications

Harris JR, Hannon PA, Beresford SA, Linnan LA, McLellan DL. Health Promotion in Smaller Workplaces in the United States. Annual Review of Public Health. 2014 Mar 18;35:327-42
Read the abstract >>

Snyder S, Denison P. Building Strong Communities through Evidence-Based Health Improvement Programs. Generations: Journal of the American Society on Aging. 2013;37(4):77-8.
Read the abstract >>

Save the Dates

The next Community Advisory Board meeting will be on Friday, April 25, 2014 at the Tukwila Community Center, 8:45 am to noon. Directions >>


Seminar: Network Analysis of the Healthy Aging Research Network (HAN) 

Date: Thursday, May 8,
10:30 am to 11:20 am 

At: HPRC

Presenter: Miruna Petrescu-Prahova, HPRC Investigator

Visit our website for notices of other upcoming seminars.


Lecture: Focus on Falls: Falls Prevention in Community Dwelling Older Adults

Date: Wednesday, May 14,
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

At: UW Tower

Presenter: Elizabeth Phelan, HPRC Investigator


Welcome

Kitty Christensen has joined HPRC as Deputy Director. (See story at left.)

Sheri Simonsen, our new Communications Specialist, brings a background in nonprofit marketing, communication, and visual design to HPRC.

Kudos

Kristen Hammerback, HPRC Research Scientist, is the recipient of this year's Department of Health Services Outstanding Staff Award. She will be honored at the UW School of Public Health Awards Picnic on May 9. Congratulations to Kristen--well done and well-deserved!

 

May is Older Americans Month

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Community Guide Article Features HPRC's Workplace Health Partnerships

Community Guide

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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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