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Special supplement of AJPM celebrates national PRC Program
The March 2017 issue of American Journal of Preventive Medicine Special Supplement Issue celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the CDC’s Prevention Research Centers (PRC) Program. The 30-year history of the PRC Program reflects the growing recognition of the importance of prevention research as a vital, integral component of public health. The supplement showcases the translation of public health research of the PRC Program since 1986, when CDC began funding academic institutions to complete demonstration projects. Additionally, the supplement highlights the translation, dissemination and implementation of effective strategies developed through these funded academic, community and public health partnerships.

To illustrate the vast array of perspectives and impact, we invited commentaries from a number of key stakeholders. The supplement includes 21 peer-reviewed original research articles from PRC academic and community partners. These articles are varied and show the depth and scope of their work. The articles cover topics such as dissemination and implementation of long-standing evidence-based programs, research to practice in state and local public health settings, collaboration with community partners, use of community health workers or promotoras, and training of the public health workforce. CDC PRC Program leaders also provide a historical look, a current assessment, and a perspective for the future of the program.

A highlight article is Dissemination of Technology to Evaluate Healthy Food Incentive Programs. Written by PRCHN Associate Director Darcy A. Freedman, PhD; Alan R. Hunt, PhD; Katie Merritt, MPH; graduate assistant En-Jung Shon, MSW; and Pre-doctoral Fellow Stephanie N. Pike, MPH, it describes the development and distribution of the FM Tracks app.

Read the Special Supplement Issue online.

Visit the CDC's website for more information on the national Prevention Research Center program.
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