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WashU: Prevention Research Center Receives $3.8 Million to Help Put Evidence to Work

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded $3.8 million to the Prevention Research Center (PRC) at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis to fund a broad effort to better apply evidence-based policies to improve health. The five-year grant will fund the PRC’s administrative core, as well as its own research project aimed at reducing obesity.

The PRC is made up of practice, policy, community and academic partners who work together across disciplines to prevent chronic diseases and promote health among diverse populations through their expertise in applying proven research.

“Not enough is known about the most effective ways to put research-tested policies into effect, to reduce the burden of cancer, diabetes and other chronic diseases,” said the center’s founder and director, Dr. Ross Brownson, the Lipstein Distinguished Professor at the Brown School and a prominent leader in the field of evidence-based public health.

“Our study will be among the first to describe the role of narrative communication in shaping local policy and help to better define the local policy process.”

The center’s core research project will focus on ways to persuade elected and appointed local officials to adopt policies proven to reduce obesity, particularly among low-income families where the problem is the greatest.

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