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The USC Prevention Research Center
Promoting Health through Physical Activity

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).

PRC Program

In the current cycle (2009-2014), the PRC receives funding to support its core community-based, participatory 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 see the PRC Brochure.

Core Research: The USC PRC's participatory, community-based core research project is titled "Policy and environmental change to promote PA: A participatory, university-community partnership."

The overall goal of the USC PRC 2009-2014 core research project is to determine the effectiveness of a multi-level intervention on walking behavior and health-related outcomes in adults living in five underserved communities.  The project will also explore the impact of the intervention on the social context for PA in these urban and rural communities consisting of a high AA population and many families living below the poverty level. 

Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) will be used to enhance the probability of changing walking behavior in residents and social environmental variables within the partner communities.  This approach will advance science and practice, as well as help us learn how community-academic partnerships can work more effectively toward the goal of eliminating behavioral and health disparities. SCAL’s ongoing advocacy efforts to promote an overall active community environment through policy and environmental changes will provide a supportive context for the proposed intervention.This project is conducted in Sumter County, SC, through the Sumter County Active Lifestyles (SCAL) coalition.

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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 by clicking on the appropriate links to the right.

CDC Support: Supported by CDC Cooperative Agreement 5-U48-DP-001936, the USC PRC is one of 37 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).


The contents of this website are solely the responsibility of the USC PRC and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.



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