The Rochester Prevention Research Center (RPRC) works with populations of Deaf American Sign Language (ASL) users and people with acquired hearing loss, two distinct disparity populations that have in common the experience of being overlooked, excluded and underserved by healthcare, health research and public health programs. Historically, most health research programs that include Deaf people and people with acquired hearing loss have focused on hearing acuity, so the knowledge base related to basic health indicators is lacking. RPRC is the only research center in the world that works with Deaf sign language users and people with hearing loss to promote health and prevent disease using community based participatory research (CBPR).
RPRC:NCDHR is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through the Prevention Research Centers (PRC) Program. The PRC program is a network of academic researchers, public health agencies, and community members that conducts applied research in disease prevention and health promotion. RPRC:NCDHR is located within the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at the University of Rochester Medical Center.
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