The mission of the Harvard School of Public Health Prevention Research Center (HPRC) is to work with communities, community agencies, state and local government, and other partners to develop, implement, and evaluate methodologies and interventions to improve nutrition and physical activity and reduce overweight and chronic disease risk among children, youth, and their families and to reduce and eliminate disparities in these outcomes.
The HPRC is part of a national network of 37 Prevention Research Centers funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Since 1998, the HPRC has participated in drawing national attention to the need for replicable, effective strategies to improve nutrition and physical activity and prevent obesity using a social ecological perspective. Together with our community partners, HPRC faculty and staff have launched groundbreaking work in school, community, clinical, and work site settings. We disseminate models, materials, and curricula in our partner communities and states, as well as nationally and internationally. Our focus populations are children, youth, and working families in Boston, Massachusetts, and Maine.
Prevention Research Centers, designated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, constitute a network of academic, community, and public health partners that conducts applied public health research. PRCs create health promotion and disease prevention strategies that work and can bring long-term benefits to communities. PRCs also offer training and technical assistance to the public health community.