Evaluation of RWJF's Prescription for Health program

The Foundation's initiative, Prescription for Health: Promoting Healthy Behaviors in Primary Care Research Networks, was designed to develop, field test, and disseminate innovative and feasible interventions for primary-care based health behavior change counseling.It is a five-year, two-round initiative funded in collaboration with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) through which primary care practice-based research networks develop strategies to promote healthy behaviors among patients in four areas: physical activity, diet, tobacco use and risky alcohol use. This grant supports the continuation of the evaluation of Round II program sites and extends the evaluation for one year beyond program completion so that the evaluation team can complete analysis about what works in primary care practices, and what does not, to promote behavior change. Most interventions in the Round I projects were generalizable to any of the four targeted high-risk areas, so insights and lessons learned will have application not only to quality in primary care, but also to preventing and treating childhood obesity in the primary care setting. The evaluation team will prepare individualized final reports for each research network and will produce an overall program report summarizing project and practice characteristics that enhance the successful implementation of behavior change interventions, as well as a summary of new insights and challenges common across projects. The project will be considered successful if it continues to offer new insights about prevention in primary care and continues to generate significant publications.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $488,616.00

Awarded on: 12/28/2006

Time frame: 1/15/2007 - 1/14/2010

Grant Number: 53221


Foundation of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey

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Deborah J. Cohen
Project Director