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About Us


The West Virginia Prevention Research Center (WVPRC) is one of 25 Prevention Research Centers funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The WVPRC is housed in the West Virginia University School of Public Health.


The mission of the WVPRC is to transform WV public health policy and practice through community-engaged research and evaluation.

We aim to expand community engagement, provide leadership and guidance in applied evidence-based public health policy and practice, maintain and expand WV PRC infrastructure and resources and foster, conduct and translate innovative community-driven prevention research and evaluation.

Our Research Agenda

We examine the underlying behaviors and social conditions related to tobacco use, sedentary lifestyle, and poor nutrition, all areas in which WV trails the nation in desirable behavior. Our focus is on reducing health disparities related to geography and socioeconomic status among the rural populations in WV and central Appalachian states. Our efforts are guided by a Community Partnership Board whose members represent state and local stakeholders in public health, education, business, and community welfare.