Project Updates and Community Connections
What's the latest on HPRC community-based research projects?
Therapists Recommending Enhance®Fitness to Expand Reach)
In 2014, HPRC launched a five-year core research project funded by the CDC. The goal of the PT-REFER Study is to design and evaluate a
new system to increase recommendations by physical therapists to an accessible
and effective group physical activity program (EnhanceFitness) offered at community settings such as senior centers, churches,
and YMCAs. In Phase 1 we have conducted... continued
HPRC’s evidence-based depression management program, PEARLS
(Program to Encourage Active, Rewarding Lives) has had over 2,000 participants
nationwide. PEARLS is included in SAMHSA's National
Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices, AHRQ’s Innovations
Exchange, and ACL’s Aging and Disability
Evidence-Based Programs and Practices.
continue to partner with community organizations to support the increased delivery and reach of
Prevention and Control
Assessment and Evaluation
Technical Assistance for Washington State Department of Health (WA DOH) Cancer
HPRC’s Alliance for
Reducing Cancer, Northwest (ARC NW), with Peggy Hannon as Principal Investigator, works closely with the WA DOH on a wide range of cancer prevention and
control projects. In April 2015, ARC
NW completed a needs assessment of Washington’s Breast, Cervical, and Colon Health
Program (BCCHP)’s prime contractors to
characterize how the Affordable Care Act has impacted...continued
Dissemination and Implementation Research
ARC NW is one of eight collaborating member centers of the CDC and NCI-funded Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network. Several ARC NW researchers are engaged in the Network's three signature cross-center research projects and three ad hoc working groups to accelerate the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based interventions...continued
The HealthLinks program was developed in partnership with
the American Cancer Society (ACS) to provide
employers with a menu of evidence-based interventions to improve employees’ health. Focusing on
nutrition, physical activity, smoking cessation, and cancer screening, HealthLinks
options include free ACS and state programs, policy changes, on-site
educational sessions for employees, and health communication.
In 2013, HPRC launched
a 2-year randomized
controlled trial on the effects of providing HealthLinks to
78 small businesses (20-200 employees) in King County, Washington. We are now collecting mid-point
CEOs Against Cancer Challenge
The American Cancer Society's national CEOs Against Cancer program supports executives of large companies who are committed to saving lives and improving their company's bottom line. Locally, HPRC partnered with CAB member Becca McMillan and her ACS colleagues to initiate a CEOs Against Cancer Challenge, working with top executives at 26 large Washington state companies to track their efforts...continued
The HPRC Community Advisory Board Steering Committee
HPRC's Community Advisory Board (CAB) members represent many of our community partner organizations, and provide a practical perspective on program implementation. Learn about our CAB Steering Committee members below, and see the entire HPRC CAB here.
Jorge Madrazo, Chair
Madrazo Cuéllar is Vice President of Community Relations at Sea Mar Community Health Centers. Many of the programs he supervises at Sea Mar serve older Latino populations, including Information and Assistance, Nutrition and Socialization, Enhance Wellness, Ventanilla de Salud, Citizenship Program, and radio station KKMO.
Prior to this, Jorge served as the Consul of Mexico in Seattle
from 2001 to 2006. Previously, he was Attorney General of Mexico from
1996 to 2000. He was an instructor for many years at the high school and
undergraduate and graduate university levels, where he taught Humanities,
Political Science, Civic Education, and Law. Jorge was a member of the National
Commission for Indigenous Rights of Mexico and was General Inspector and then
President of the Mexican National Commission on Human Rights from 1992 to 1996. He
joined the UW HPRC Community Advisory Board in 2009, and became Chair in January 2014.
Jorge has published numerous articles
and six books on law and human rights. He is an honors graduate of the National
Autonomous University of Mexico Law School and studied at the University of
California at Davis.
Winona Hollins-Hauge, Chair-Elect
Winona Hollins-Hauge is Regional Co-Director of the Intercultural Cancer Council, representing the Washington State Association of Black Professionals in Health
Formerly a Commissioner on the Washington Governor’s Council for Reducing Health Care Disparities, Winona currently serves on the Fred Hutchinson Health Disparities
Research Center community advisory board.
A licensed clinical social worker, and alumnus of the UW School of Social Work, Winona brings a bio-social and multicultural lens to the HPRC CAB. She met HPRC director Jeff Harris while serving as a founding executive committee member of the Washington State Comprehensive Cancer Control Program, and has worked continuously as a community volunteer advocate for reducing health care disparities. Earlier this year, Winona collaborated with Clarence Spigner and Teri
Ward as Co-PI’s on a (NIMGS) T:36 Student Mentoring Meeting Grant, awarded from
the NIH/NCI‘s Baylor College of Medicine. Photos and information about the project's success can be found here.
Winona has received
numerous community awards including the Central Area Senior Center’s Seafair
Community Leadership Award, the National Council of Negro Women’s “Top 45 Time
on Her Hands" award, and was nominated by the Association
of Oncology Social Workers for their National Community
Kim Wicklund, Past Chair
Kim Wicklund has been with Group Health since 2006, and is currently the Manager of Patient Engagement. In that role, Kim oversees programs that help patients be informed and actively involved in their health care. Her work helps ensure that patients get preventive care as needed, pursue healthy lifestyles, manage chronic conditions, and take an active role in their health care and treatment decisions. Programs under her oversight include the chronic disease and diabetes self-management programs, shared decision making, patient health education resources, and activities to reduce variation in care. She frequently advises on plain language communications, senior wellness and healthy lifestyle programs. Kim is a Clinical Associate at the Group Health Research Institute and is regularly involved in research projects.
Before joining Group Health, Kim
worked for Public Health-Seattle/King County, managing the Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation’s Allies Against Asthma program. Prior to that, she coordinated
community diabetes coalitions for the Minnesota Department of
Health. Kim’s passion for public health was sparked when she served
as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Papua New Guinea in the 1990s; she later
earned her Master of Public Health degree from the University of Minnesota.
The Group Health Research Institute
has awarded Kim both the 2014 and 2015 Hilde and Bill Birnbaum Awards for
Supporting Research that Benefits Group Health Members.
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Save the Dates
Community Advisory Board meeting
Date: Friday, July 31
8:45 am to 12:00 pm
At: Tukwila Community Center Directions
Seminar: The University of Washington Latino Center for Health
Date: Thursday, August 13
10:00 am to 10:50 am
At: HPRC Directions
Presenter: Gino Aisenberg, UW Latino Center for Health
Visit our website for notices of other upcoming seminars.
This summer, HPRC is pleased to welcome MPH Practicum student Tessa Carlson and PT-REFER project volunteer Laurel Dillon-Sumner.
We also welcome three new CAB members:
- Wendy Bart, Vice President, Membership & Healthy Living, YMCA of Greater Seattle
- Paula Houston, Chief Executive Officer, Senior Services
- Maureen Linehan, Director, Aging and Disability Services
We bid a fond farewell and thank you to departing CAB members Linna Dossett and Pam Piering.
We also wish fiscal specialist Julie Taylor well in her new position with the UW Aeronautics & Astronautics Department.
Kudos and many thanks to HPRC graduating students:
- Chelle Wheat, PhD in Health Services
Topics of our latest publications include:
- Workplace health promotion in low-wage industries
- Effects of workplace stress and working from home on depression in young mothers
- Data sets supporting studies on dementia and comorbid chronic conditions
- Unique considerations regarding dissemination of American-developed health promotion programs in China
- and more!
See our recently published articles here
RELEASED MAY 2015
Mall Walking: A Program Resource Guide
Developed by HPRC and the CDC, the Guide provides information about the health benefits of mall walking and presents practical strategies for starting and maintaining walking programs in malls and other venues.
Free download here