A Saint Louis University center that researches the best ways to fight chronic disease has received a five-year grant totaling $5.8 million, one of the largest grants in the history of the School of Public Health.
The Saint Louis University Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research Center received the grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The Saint Louis University Prevention Research Center is one of 28 centers funded by the CDC in the country, and the only one in Missouri. It partners with community-based coalitions and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to prevent chronic diseases in low-income, rural parts of the state, improve individual and community health within Missouri and eliminate health disparities.
The center focuses mainly on smoking prevention, nutrition and physical activity and is in its 10th year of operation.
We have evolved from a focus on individual health behavior change to creating changes in the social and physical environments that enable individuals to make healthy choices, such as advocating smoke-free workplaces and building walking trails, says Ross Brownson, PhD, director of the Prevention Research Center at Saint Louis University.
The main CDC grant of $3.6 million funds the core operations of the center for the next five years. In addition, the CDC has awarded the Saint Louis University Prevention Research Center funding for special interest projects:
Source: The Saint Louis University Prevention Research Center