About the Prevention Research Center

In the current cycle (2014-2019), the PRC receives funding to support its applied public health prevention research project, as well as activities to support collaboration and partnerships; communication and dissemination; training and education; evaluation; and infrastructure.

The USC PRC has established a research agenda to achieve its vision of Physically Active People in Active Community Environments. This agenda consists of four goals:

1) to understand how individual, interpersonal, organizational, environmental, and policy factors relate to physical activity (PA) within community settings;

2) to evaluate the influences of changes in community environmental features and policies on PA behaviors;

3) to promote PA across the lifespan; and

4) to affect social, environmental, and political influences on reducing racial and ethnic disparities in PA.

Click here to download a brochure with more information about the USC PRC.

Core Research

The USC PRC's applied public health prevention research project is titled "Faith, Activity, and Nutrition – Dissemination in Underserved Communities."

Faith, Activity, and Nutrition (FAN), was developed and tested in partnership with the 7th Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (www.health-e-ame.org).  This faith-based program targets organizational change within the church to be more supportive of physical activity and healthy eating.  In a previous grant funded by the National Institutes of Health, the program was shown to increase leisure-time physical activity and fruit and vegetable intake in AME church members.  The program is included as a National Cancer Institute Research-tested Intervention Programs

For the 2014-2019 funding cycle, the USC PRC, in partnership with Fairfield Behavioral Health Services, Fairfield Community Coordinating Council, the State Baptist Young Woman’s Auxiliary (YWA) of the Woman’s Baptist Education and Missionary Convention, the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, and Clemson University, will study the dissemination and implementation of FAN, using a train-the-trainer model where lay church members are trained to train other churches in their county, district, or region in how to implement FAN.

For a full description of the project, visit the FAN Project page.

Other projects and activities

In addition to core funding, the USC PRC also seeks funding for projects related to our mission. Descriptions of our projects can be found on the Research page, here.

CDC Support

Supported by CDC Cooperative Agreement U48DP00500, the USC PRC is one of 26 university-based centers conducting applied research and practice in chronic disease prevention and control as part of the Prevention Research Centers Program of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


Physically Active People in Active Community Environments


The USC PRC is committed to conducting research that benefits the public's health and to translating research into practice. We promote physical activity through community intervention, training, dissemination, and applied research.

The USC Prevention Research Center (PRC) has been funded since1993 as part of the Prevention Research Centers Program of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).