258176 Intersection between the CDC's Winnable Battles and the Prevention Research Centers Program

Monday, October 29, 2012 : 2:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Jo Anne Grunbaum, EdD , Prevention Research Center Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
Elizabeth M. Neri, MPH , Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Sharrice White-Cooper, MPH , Prevention Research Centers Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
Diane Green, PhD, MPH , Prevention Research Centers Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
Background: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identified six public health priorities as Winnable Battles. Effective intervention strategies exist for each. While there is a strong evidence-base for promoting these six priorities, dissemination of interventions to populations most at-risk remains challenging. The Prevention Research Centers (PRC) Program, a large CDC extramural research program that funds 37 academic institutions, conducts community-based prevention research in underserved communities. Each PRC is funded to conduct a core research project; most also seek funding for special interest projects (SIP) funded primarily by CDC, and other research projects (ORP) funded primarily by foundations and other federal agencies. This analysis describes how PRC projects overlap with four Winnable Battles to promote effective public health strategies. Methods: Data on the number and content of PRC core projects and SIPs were collected through document review and on ORPs through web-survey during 2010. Descriptive statistics were calculated using SAS 2009. Results: In 2010, across 420 PRC projects, 260 were related to at least one winnable battle topic. Eighty-four percent of core research projects, 50% of SIPs, and 61% of ORPs focused on at least one winnable battle topic. Seventy-four percent of those projects focused on physical activity, nutrition, or obesity; 18% on tobacco; 17% on HIV; and 7% on teen pregnancy (topics are not mutually exclusive). Conclusion: Results suggest that PRCs have the potential to positively impact CDC's Winnable Battles in underserved communities through use of community-based approaches to disseminate evidence-based strategies that promote health and prevent disease.

Learning Areas:
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Describe the types of Prevention Research Centers' projects that overall, with the CDC Winnable Battles, help promote effective public health programs. Compare commonalities and differences in PRC's projects.

Keywords: Chronic Diseases, Obesity

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I lead the team that conducts the PRC national evaluation and collects and analyzes the data for this presentation.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.