Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods

The Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods (PRCHN) was formed in 2009 to address chronic health issues faced in disadvantaged neighborhoods in Greater Cleveland by conducting and disseminating high quality, rigorous, community-engaged prevention research. The PRCHN is built upon more than 15 years of community-based research in two centers that shared similar missions, the Center for Health Promotion Research and the Center for Adolescent Health.

Housed in the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University, the PRCHN is entering into its second 5-year cycle of CDC funding. The PRCHN is a highly responsive and collaborative community-based research center that partners with public health agencies, community organizations, neighborhood leaders and residents to address significant environmental and lifestyle issues strongly linked to chronic disease and influenced by the conditions, disparities and resources of the neighborhood itself. Its faculty and staff have also served as an active partner and leader in the transformative process occurring in Cleveland around the concepts of health equity, collective action, and the understanding of multiple determinants of health.

The PRCHN supports a comprehensive research agenda centered around community nutrition and food policy, tobacco prevention and control, environments supporting healthy eating and active living, and place-based health and behavior surveillance. This includes core research project – Freshlink - that aims to increase nutritional food access (NFA) in low-income neighborhoods throughout Cleveland.

The PRCHN is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as part of its Prevention Research Centers (PRC) program, which involves 26 centers for the 2014-2019 funding cycle. The Prevention Research Centers work 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.

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Elaine Borawski, PhD

Elaine Borawski, PhD

Director and Principal Investigator of the Prevention Research Center at Case Western Reserve University

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