UCSF Prevention Research Center
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released the Prevention Research Center (PRC) network for the 2019-2024 funding cycle. The PRC program will fund 25 academic institutions to conduct applied public health prevention research. The UCSF Prevention Research Center has been re-funded.
The mission of the UCSF Prevention Research Center (PRC) is to maintain an interdependent network of community, academic, and public health partners to design and implement prevention research aimed at answering significant and innovative HIV research questions and promoting the wide use of practices proven to promote health for those with HIV.
The UCSF Prevention Research Center is part of a network of 25 PRCs in 24 states that study how people and their communities can avoid or counter risks for chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, obesity, and cancer. The UCSF PRC aims to:
- Establish a Prevention Research Center that focuses on appropriate adaptation, dissemination, and implementation of HIV health disparities research for application to policy, programs, and practices;
- Enhance collaborations with partners in the community, health care systems, government agencies, institutions and universities to facilitate innovative, high-impact, multidisciplinary HIV research and knowledge translation to training, programs, practices, and policies;
- Increase the capacity of partners in the community, health care systems, government agencies, institutions and universities to understand and implement the findings from HIV research through targeted training, communication, and dissemination; and
- Develop an implementation research portfolio that translates and adapts an evidence-based intervention into practice settings. We propose to begin this portfolio by studying the implementation of an evaluated intervention to improve the linkage of HIV-infected young Black MSM to clinical care.
The UCSF PRC is led by Director and Principal Investigator (PI) Marguerita Lightfoot, Ph.D., and Co-PIs George Rutherford, MD, Greg Rebchook, Ph.D., and Janet Myers, Ph.D., MPH. The PRC leadership team is responsible for PRC operations, which include engaging faculty, community, and public health partners in the activities of the UCSF PRC.
The UCSF PRC facilitates significant and innovative health sciences research through partnerships with public health organizations which ultimately improves public health. The PRC has two major activities –
The Center Core fosters scientific interaction, stimulates innovation, and enhances the quality of research.
The Research Core functions as an interdependent network of community, academic, and public health partners to conduct prevention research and promote the wide use of practices proven to promote good health.