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Learn More: In Their Own Words
Learn More: The Healthy Weigh Study
Social Media and Hepatitis B Awareness
Learn More: Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness
Learn More: Accelerating Policies & Research in the Food Environment
Learn More: Research Methods at the UPenn PRC
Learn More: Economic Impact of Clinical Trials for Childhood Cancers
Learn More: Penn Hosts National PRC Network Meeting
Learn More: Student Public Health Pitch Competition
Learn More: Philadelphia Health Leadership Institute
Learn More: Skin Cancer Prevention
Learn More: The Healthy Weigh Study
Learn More: Self-management Education for Childhood Cancer Survivors
Learn More: About the CDC's PRC Progam

Welcome from the Directors

The UPenn PRC is a catalyst for research in chronic disease prevention and a leader in advancing the science and practice of prevention research. Along with our ongoing studies in cancer prevention, cognitive health, and new strategies for weight loss, we’re researching adolescent and young adult survivors of childhood cancers, the economic impact of clinical trials, and a Penn-community partnership, the Philadelphia Health Leadership Institute.  We invite you to learn more about these projects and our dedicated investigators and staff on this website.

– Karen Glanz & Kevin Volpp

Q & A Spotlight

  • What makes The Healthy Weigh Study different?
    Several things have been missing from intervention studies in the past. One is that different approaches were not tested head-to-head or in combination which is what we are doing. A fair amount of data shows that incentives are effective for healthy behavior. There’s also a fair amount of data showing that environmental strategies, environmental coaching can be effective for healthy behavior. Our study will test the two compared to each other, looking at effectiveness and cost effectiveness. It will also test the relative effectiveness of combining them and how each component relates to another. Plus, our study a much longer term study vs the typical - and fairly short - three months, four months, six months. This is a 24-month study so we’ll have a much better sense of what employers would see longer term if they did something like what we’re testing.

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