The University of Wisconsin-Madison Prevention Research Center (UWPRC) is a University Center and one of 25 Prevention Research Centers funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The mission of the UWPRC is to improve the health of low-income women, infants and families through the conduct of high-quality applied health promotion and disease prevention research with a focus on achieving health equity. The UWPRC will accomplish this by engaging multidisciplinary campus researchers, public health practitioners, community-based and governmental organizations and families to develop a research and translational agenda emphasizing the testing of policy and systems strategies at the foundation of the CDC Health Impact Pyramid where there is broad population impact.
The vision of the UWPRC is a center that engages UW-Madison researchers, community members and translational partners in expanding prevention research and its translation to improve the health of low-income women, infants, and children. The center will support community engagement, research, and training to expand applied prevention research in three thematic research areas:
- Community-based programs engaging mothers, fathers, and families to support child health and development
- Quality improvement strategies to reduce maternal morbidity and infant mortality
- Economic interventions to improve maternal and child health among low income women and families
The overarching goal of the UWPRC is to improve the health of low-income women, infants, and families by conducting health promotion and disease prevention research focused on maternal, infant, and child health. To accomplish this goal the UWPRC will:
- Pursue a prevention research and translation agenda focused on improving maternal, infant, and child health among low-income women and families
- Engage community members, organizations, policy-makers, and other translation partners in consultation and collaboration, to increase the development, adoption, and implementation of evidence-based strategies to improve health and reduce health disparities
- Expand the conduct, translation, and impact of community-engaged, applied prevention research
- Expand prevention research training of practitioners, community members, and students from public health, medicine, nursing, and other disciplines
- Evaluate the impact and translational potential of the postpartum depression intervention adapted for implementation within home visiting programs through the Core Research Project