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 Communities that Support Physical Activity and Healthy Eating for All People. This agenda consists of five goals:

  1. understand how multilevel factors relate to physical activity and healthy eating within community settings, particularly in underserved and minority communities.
  2. evaluate the influence of changes in community environments (physical and social) and policies on physical activity and dietary behaviors.
  3. study innovative, community-engaged, multilevel approaches to increase physical activity and healthy eating, particularly in underserved populations.
  4. examine organizational and community factors that facilitate or impede adoption, implementation, and/or scaling of effective interventions.
  5. translate and disseminate Center research findings, products (including interventions), and programs into public health practice.

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.  And is featured in the Rural Health Models & Innovations, a national collection of successful rural health programs and interventions, by the Rural Health Information Hub.

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, is studing 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 or district 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).

Vision

Physically Active People in Active Community Environments

Mission

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