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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Mixed News: Cancer Rates Drop, But More Younger Patients Affected

The latest cancer statistics report from the American Cancer Society (ACS) paints a complex picture of our struggle against the disease. While cancer mortality rates are declining, a worrying trend emerges: younger people are being diagnosed at an increasing rate....

Register for Community Driven Research Day 2024

via CHOP Center for Violence Prevention and CDRD Community-Driven Research Day (CDRD) is a program that encourages collaboration between researchers and community-based organizations (CBOs)/community groups that have research questions they are interested in...

Glanz receives top honors in medicine and research

Karen Glanz, PhD, MPH, received two distinguished honors in the month of November. Dr. Glanz is the George A. Weiss University Professor, Professor of Epidemiology in the Perelman School of Medicine, Professor of Nursing in the School of Nursing, and Director of...

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...

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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