Chronic Disease Prevention

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Philadelphia Communities Conquering Cancer

Health systems, cancer centers, stakeholders, and community members discussed concerns about cancer in Philadelphia and charted a path forward to reduce disparities in our city.


Tools created and compiled from evidence-based research, aimed at preventing chronic disease, are resources that can help individuals and communities reduce their risk of developing chronic diseases. These tools can be used to promote healthy lifestyles, identify and manage risk factors, and support early detection and intervention.

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The Policy Impact and Future of Behavioral Economics

A special lecture with Alison Buttenheim, PhD, MBA was held at the University of Pennsylvania on November 16, 2023. Behavioral Economics: Policy Impact and Future Directions – Highlights from the NASEM Consensus Study Report The hybrid event was co-sponsored with the...

Pilot Grant Awards for 2023-2024

The Community Engagement and Research Core (CEAR) at the University of Pennsylvania has awarded pilot grant funding for 2023-2024. Two projects were selected to receive funding through the CEAR Pilot Grant Program, and one project was selected to receive funding...

New Built Environment Assessment Training

The Built Environment Assessment Training (BEAT) Institute grew out of the recognition that environmental and policy changes are some of the most promising strategies for controlling obesity and improving diet and physical activity. A new Built Environment Assessment...

City-Wide Cancer Disparities Conference

We heard very moving personal stories from some cancer survivors and ‘pep rally’ encouragement from a former Eagles player.Everyone gave input into helping us process the Listening Sessions and think about our future research and program priorities to reduce cancer...

The Nutrition Environment Measures Survey (NEMS) – A Systematic Review

A Tool for Understanding the Food Environment The Nutrition Environment Measures Survey (NEMS) is a set of tools that researchers use to assess the availability of healthy food options in stores and restaurants. NEMS tools have been used in research for over 15 years...

Q & A

What are the challenges in creating messages that persuade people to take up healthy behaviors?

Karen Glanz, PhD, MPH: The key is to ultimately get people to embrace the idea that changing their behavior is something they want to do. If you scare them or pressure them into changing, it usually will not lead to a lasting change, so the central challenge is to help them see the benefits that are associated with that particular change in behavior.

The University of Pennsylvania Prevention Research Center (UPenn PRC) is a community-engaged research center that was founded in 2014. The UPenn PRC’s mission is to improve the health of people in Philadelphia, Southeastern Pennsylvania, and beyond by preventing, reducing, and treating chronic diseases. The center’s primary focus for future years will be on implementation of evidence-based strategies to improve patient and provider communication to optimize clinical and community-based management of cancer in diverse older adults.

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