Building support for prevention and public health research

Approximately half of mortality in the U.S. is linked to social and behavioral factors such as smoking and substance abuse. Greater public investment in research on disease prevention and health promotion is likely to address these factors more effectively and, therefore, reduce premature death and disability. Such investment will both stimulate new discoveries and translate to real-world applications to improve population health. The purpose of this project is to design and conduct a national public education and outreach campaign to increase awareness and support for research on disease prevention and health promotion. Under previous funding, a broad coalition of 2,000 organizations with a stake in prevention was developed. The coalition will stress the importance of greater public funding, but will also seek accountability for funding decisions within NIH and other health agencies, where these affect prevention research. By adapting its proven methods to gain support for basic biomedical research, the grantee will employ a "big tent" approach to bring new and vigorous partners into the search for effective prevention strategies. When more diverse organizations at state and national levels believe they have a stake in prevention research, prevention research will itself develop and grow stronger.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $5,560,983.00

Awarded on: 7/26/2001

Time frame: 8/1/2001 - 12/31/2005

Grant Number: 40995



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Karen A. Goraleski
Project Director