Newsroom2013 Special Interest Projects (SIPs) Program Announcement Available
CDC announces SIPs Competitive Supplement # RFA-DP-09-0010501SUPP13 published as
RFA-DP-09-001. Letters of intent are due February 26, 2013. Applications are due March 26, 2013.
Director of PRC in St. Louis Takes on New Leadership Position
Ross Brownson, PhD is a co-director of the PRC in St. Louis, which is jointly led by Washington University and Saint Louis University. Dr. Brownson has been named the president-elect of the American College of Epidemiology (ACE). ACE was established in 1979 to support epidemiologists through scientific meetings, publications, educational activities, and recognition of outstanding contributions to the field. Dr. Brownson will serve in this position from September 2012 to September 2013, after which he will serve as the president of ACE for one year.
Men’s Health Campaign, Developed with PRC, Wins National Award
Man Up Monday, a campaign that encourages sexually active men to use condoms and get tested for HIV and sexually transmitted infections, received an award at the American Public Health Association (APHA) 140th Annual Meeting in October 2012 in San Francisco, California. The campaign won first prize in the creative print category of the APHA Public Health Education and Health Promotion educational materials contest. The Man Up Monday campaign features provocative, eye-catching posters that were developed by a team from the Columbia University PRC, the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health, and The Monday Campaigns (TMC). TMC is a nonprofit public health organization that implements public health campaigns focused on Mondays because research shows that people view Monday as a day for a fresh start and for beginning healthy behaviors . TMC is disseminating Man Up Monday nationwide following a successful pilot test in Virginia. The campaign will be promoted through posters, print ads, Web videos, and social media.
PRC Researchers Create Textbook on Rural Health
PRC researchers conceptualized and edited a textbook, Rural Populations and Health, which was published in September 2012. The book was edited by Richard Crosby, Robin Vanderpool, and Baretta Casey of the University of Kentucky PRC and Monica Wendel of the Texas A&M Health Science Center PRC. PRC researchers with academic and community partners wrote 14 of the book’s 20 chapters. Rural Populations and Health was created to fill important gaps in the public health literature; it examines critical issues in health and health care systems in rural America and illustrates effective strategies for reducing health disparities through capacity-building, collaboration, and other proven methods. The book is written for students, instructors, and researchers in public health, preventive medicine, public health nursing, social work, and sociology. The publisher, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., created a password-protected Web page for instructors, which includes a syllabus, lecture slides, and tests for each chapter. Rural Populations and Health is available for purchase as both a softcover and an e-book.
PRC Researchers Provide Expertise in Creating of CDC Health Equity Toolkit
Researchers from three PRCs were consulted by CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity as it developed the CDC Health Equity Toolkit for State Practitioners Addressing Obesity Disparities . [PDF - 3.89MB] The toolkit is intended to increase the capacity of state health departments and their partners to help communities effectively address obesity in populations that have health disparities. A panel of obesity prevention and control experts, including Alice Ammerman, DrPH, RD, director of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill PRC; William McCarthy, PhD, of the University of California-Los Angeles PRC; and Joseph Sharkey, PhD, of the Texas A&M University PRC, informed the content of the toolkit. The toolkit is accessed via the website of the North Carolina PRC’s Center for Training and Research Translation.