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Optimal Health among Worcester Residents is our Vision

The UMass Worcester Prevention Research Center works to encourages people to be physically active, to eat healthy foods, and to be at a healthy weight. We do this by researching new ways for people, organizations, and communities to be healthy through partnerships between researchers and community organizations


We achieve our Mission and Vision by being:

  • a leader in applied public health research;
  • an integral part of the Worcester’s collaborative public health system;
  • a statewide applied public health research resource; and,
  • a model for collaborations with academia, public health, community and health care.

Our Research

We work to eliminate health disparities through intervention effectiveness research, implementation research and public health practice-based research. Our Research focuses on:

  • Health Equity
  • Built Environment and Policy
  • Child and Adolescent Health
  • Obesity and Mental Health
  • Worksite Health Promotion
  • Community-Clinical Linkages

The UMass Worcester Prevention Research Center was established in 2009 to foster applied public health research in collaboration with state and local departments of public health, community and health care partners. We are a member of the Prevention Research Centers (PRC) Program, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The PRC Program supports a network of over 35 centers to bring together academic researchers, public health agencies, and community members to conduct applied research in disease prevention and control.

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In partnership with the
Prevention Research Centers