University of Pennsylvania Prevention Research Center

The UPenn Prevention Research Center (UPenn PRC), directed by Karen Glanz, PhD, MPH and Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD, was funded from 2014 - 2019. The UPenn PRC strengthened public and private sector community partnerships; improved understanding of how behavioral economics and public health strategies can reduce health risks and improved health in social-environmental contexts; and extended collaborative training, education, and communication in high-risk and underserved populations in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

The UPenn PRC core research study was a workplace weight loss study to evaluate environmental change strategies and incentives for decreasing obesity and preventing cardiovascular disease in employees of the City of Philadelphia, Independence Blue Cross, and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA).

The UPenn PRC team is dedicated to promoting well-being, health equity, research translation, and the development and evaluation of population-based and sustainable community health and clinical interventions.  Faculty members from the Perelman School of Medicine, School of Nursing, Annenberg Public Policy Center, and The Wharton School are among the leadership of this Center. 

Limited competition supplements, or Special Interest Projects (SIPs), are available through the PRC Network.  These projects are awarded annually through the CDC and cover a variety of research topics. To read about the funded SIPs, click here.

For additional information, please visit the UPenn PRC website and follow us on Twitter @upennprc.

Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 
Grant Number: U48DP005053



Glanz K, Shaw P, Kwong P, Choi J, Chung A, Zhu J, Huang Q, Hoffer K, Volpp K. Effect of Financial Incentives and Environmental Strategies on Weight Loss in The Healthy Weigh Study: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Network Open 2021;4(9): e2124132. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.24132

Glanz K, Shaw P, Hoffer K, Chung A, Zhu J, Wu R, Huang E, Choi R, Volpp K. The Healthy Weigh study of lottery-based incentives and environmental strategies for weight loss: Design and baseline characteristics. Contemporary Clinical Trials, Jan 2019, Volume 76, pages 24-30.



Established in 2009, the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Health Behavior Research is an institution-wide collaborative effort, dedicated to conducting health behavior research, fostering advances in measurement of health behaviors, advancing the use of health behavior theory, and promoting collaboration among faculty, fellows and students. 




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