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Understanding the determinants of health in populations, how to prevent disease and how to promote health are important facets of the Department of Health Services mission. The faculty support that mission through their involvement in a broad range of activities centered around health services research and practice. They share a long-standing, and successful track record of securing government and private support for projects that range in scope from the local and regional, to the national and international. Much of that work is facilitated by centers and programs that bring investigators, students and others together around topics of mutual interest.

Health Promotion Research Center

Health Promotion Research Center  -  HPRC

The Health Promotion Research Center conducts community-based dissemination research on healthy aging and reduction of health disparities, with a focus on five areas: older adult physical health, falls prevention, older adult depression management, workplace health promotion, and cancer prevention and control. In collaboration with partners in diverse communities and settings, the center develops, tests, and disseminates innovative health promotion strategies in Washington State, the Pacific Northwest, and the nation. HPRC is one of 33 Prevention Research Centers funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Northwest Center for Public Health Practice

Northwest Center for Public Health Practice  -  NWCPHP

The Northwest Center for Public Health Practice (NWCPHP) promotes excellence in public health by linking academia and the practice community. As part of the University of Washington School of Public Health, NWCPHP provides training, research, and evaluation for state, local, and tribal public health in six Pacific Northwest states—Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming.

Research Center for Health Policy

Resource Center for Health Policy  -  RCHP

The mission of the Resource Center is to improve the quality of health policy analysis and decision-making by facilitating, initiating, and disseminating health policy research. The Resource Center is a multi-disciplinary program that also convenes meetings of multiple stakeholders in the health care system.

Seattle Quality of Life Group

Seattle Quality of Life Group  -  SEAQOL

The Seattle Quality of Life Group works to improve the health and quality of life of children, youth, and adults by advancing the development, acceptance, and use of self-reported measures of health and quality of life.


Web Sites for Other Research Programs That Involve Health Services Faculty
  • Clinical Informatics Research Group (CIRG)
  • Indigenous Wellness Research Institute
Web Sites for Research Groups Outside the University that Involve Health Services Faculty
  • Northwest Center for Outcomes Research in Older Adults
    (US Department of Veterans Affairs)
  • Group Health Research Institute
Web Sites for Training Grants That Involve Health Services Faculty
  • AHRQ/NRSA Health Services Research Training Program
  • Biobehavioral Cancer Prevention and Control Training Program
  • Occupational Health Services Training Grant
  • Tobacco Studies in Public Health and Tobacco Scholars Program