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South Carolina: Prevention Research Center Awarded CDC Funding to Re-up for Another Five Years

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced recipients of the 2019-2024 funding cycle for the Prevention Research Center (PRC) network. UofSC was among the 25 academic institutions in 20 states to receive the grants, which provide funding support in the amount of $750K per year to conduct applied public health prevention research.

Funded PRCs will develop, test, and/or evaluate public health interventions for wide application, particularly in underserved communities, based on the latest science, according to the CDC’s program description. Housed in the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health since it was established, the USC Prevention Research Center will mark its 25th-30th years during the upcoming cycle.

“Our Center has been continuously funded in consecutive competitive funding cycles since 1993,” says exercise science professor Dr. Sara Wilcox, who has directed the PRC since 2011. “We’re quite proud to continue that trajectory.”

Throughout its history, the PRC has completed more than 40 research projects that promote physical activity and healthy eating through community-engaged intervention, training and dissemination. Completed projects include the creation of walking programs in rural communities, conducting mHealth interventions, developing a network to enhance tobacco control activities, improving women’s cardiovascular health and many others.

The Nutritious Eating with Soul (NEW Soul) StudyHealth in Pregnancy and Postpartum, and the South Carolina Healthy Brain Research Network are among the Center’s current projects. In addition to providing an infrastructure that includes community collaborations, training and technical assistance, and prevention research, the PRC leads a core research project.

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