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  AUGUST 15, 2008
ASPH Prevention Research Centers Blue Ribbon Panel Report Now Available

report coverFrom early 2007 through July 2008, Dean Ruth Katz (GWU) chaired an 11-member ASPH Prevention Research Centers (PRC) Blue Ribbon Panel to deliver a review of and recommendations for the PRC Program that would be useful to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the government agency responsible for administering the PRCs, and other stakeholders and supporters of the PRCs. 

Members of the panel, including representatives from schools of public health (with and without a PRC Program), preventive medicine programs, a state health department and a voluntary non-profit health organization, are:

  • Dean James Curran (Emory)
  • Ms. Sue Grinnell (Washington State Department of Health)
  • Dean David Guzick (University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry)
  • Dean Robert Meenan (Boston)
  • Mr. Randy Schwartz (American Cancer Society)
  • Dr. Harrison Spencer (ASPH)
  • Dr. Ciro Sumaya (Texas A&M)
  • Dean Patricia Wahl (Washington)
  • Dean Stephen Wyatt (Kentucky)
  • Dr. Elleen Yancey (Morehouse School of Medicine)

ASPH would like to thank Dean Katz for her leadership and the panel members for devoting their time and expertise to this effort.  Also, ASPH staff would like to thank CDC officials and members of several PRCs for responding to inquiries and clarifying information contained in the report. 

Prior to developing the report, the BRP met to review documents, articles and reports related to the PRC Program and individual PRCs over its 22-year history, as well as to receive input from PRC directors and the CDC. Furthermore, the panel reviewed the history, requirements, administration and funding for the program; assessed the PRCs’ activities and achievements; and analyzed the various evaluations of the program.

The panel presented eight findings, including that PRCs have made important contributions to both the science and practice of public health and that they have served as a successful model for brokering partnerships between academia and vulnerable communities. The panel is confident that the PRCs can achieve even more to improve the nation’s health and, therefore, put forth six recommendations.

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