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The HPRC Link Newsletter
Newsletter of the UW Health Promotion Research Center  October 2012

Prevention Research Across Four Networks

HPRC collaborates nationally in four thematic research networks aimed at addressing important health issues: healthy aging, cancer prevention and control, nutrition and obesity, and managing epilepsy. As one of 37 Prevention Research Centers (PRCs) funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HPRC has an important role: contributing to the national discourse and building an evidence-base for interventions that succeed. As with all of HPRC’s work, these efforts rely on community-based research and intervention.


Helping Promote Healthy Aging

HPRC HAN researchersOne of every five Americans will be 65 years old or older by 2030. It’s statistics like this that make the work of the Healthy Aging Research Network timely and important. Older adults need an infrastructure that promotes independence, mobility, and healthy lifestyles.

Read more about the Healthy Aging Research Network >>


Improving Cancer Prevention and Control

HPRC cancer preventionMost people have been affected by cancer, whether it’s a family-member, a friend, or personally. The prevalence of cancer makes its prevention and control increasingly important, which is why the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network is dedicated to improving the use of successful intervention strategies.

Read more about the Cancer Prevention and Control Research
Network >>


Policy Approach for Healthy Food and Healthy People

HPRC food policyPublic policies can have an impact on the health of entire populations. For instance, the rates of second-hand smoke exposure declined as policies eliminated smoking in high-density public places like restaurants and bars. With the rising concern over nutrition and obesity, many researchers and public health practitioners are looking at public policies as a way to improve the public’s health.

Read more about the Nutrition and Obesity Policy Research and Evaluation Network >>


Managing Epilepsy Well

HPRC epilepsy

Many people who have epilepsy don’t talk about it, and it turns out that they would be better off if they did. That’s why researchers at the University of Washington are helping people with epilepsy learn how to manage problems related to their illness, along with a host of other skills to improve their quality of life.

Read more about the Managing Epilepsy Well Network >>


Spotlight on Gwen Moni

HPRC Gwen Moni

Eleven years ago, Gwen Moni became the research coordinator for the Healthy Aging Research Network – the first person to hold that position for the then-brand-new Network. The Healthy Aging Research Network (HAN) was established through a national initiative of the CDC Prevention Research Centers Program. HPRC at the University of Washington (UW) was selected as the Coordinating Center as well as one of the first five academic research centers that comprised the Network.

Moni, who had been working part-time for HPRC conducting interviews with older adults in the community on another HPRC research project, recognized HPRC’s role in the launch of the Network as a tremendous professional opportunity. She accepted the position as the UW-HAN research coordinator and has been working with UW-HAN principal investigators to coordinate activities and provide infrastructure support to sustain and strengthen the Network ever since.

“To be on the ground-floor of [the founding of] a Network of this caliber and importance was a huge opportunity,” says Moni. “I am grateful to be able to work so closely with a large number of experts from across the country. These sustained, meaningful working relationships are very rewarding. The Network members are so committed to the work.”

The commitment of Network members certainly applies to Moni, who was a nominated by her colleagues for the University of Washington Distinguished Staff Award in 2012. Moni came to HPRC from a psychology and research background. She had been working in a patient care setting, assisting with sleep research and medicine.

Learn more about Gwen and the work she’s doing with the Healthy Aging Research Network >>


Save the Date

The next Community Advisory Board meeting will be on Friday, October 5th, at the Tukwila Community Center, 8:45-12:00. Directions.

PEARLS trainings are scheduled throughout the year. For the next training date, see the PEARLS Web site.


HPRC 4th Quarter 2012 Research Seminars

October 11: Laura-Mae Baldwin will present "A vignette-based survey of physicians’ behaviors and attitudes towards ovarian cancer and women’s health care in the US."

November 8: Marlana Kohn will present “Food assistance, food security, and weight status in US youth.”


Selected Publications

Implementation of an evidence-based depression care management program (PEARLS): perspectives from staff and former clients. Preventing chronic disease. Steinman L, Cristofalo M, Snowden M. 2012.

Implementation and Process Evaluation of a Workplace Colorectal Cancer Screening Program in Eastern Washington. Health promotion practice. Hannon PA, Vu T, Ogdon S, et al. 2012.

Improving low-wage, midsized employers' health promotion practices: a randomized controlled trial. American journal of preventive medicine. Hannon PA, Harris JR, Sopher CJ, et al. 2012.

Quality improvement interventions in public health systems: a systematic review. American journal of preventive medicine. Dilley JA, Bekemeier B, Harris JR. 2012.


Welcome Miruna Petrescu-Prahova

HPRC is pleased to welcome Miruna Petrescu-Prahova, PhD. Miruna has joined HPRC as an investigator and will focus on HPRC’s portfolio of older adult health promotion projects. Miruna has a PhD in Sociology with expertise in social network analysis.


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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