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Special Interest Projects

As a CDC-funded prevention research center, the Rochester PRC is eligible to apply for funding for Special Interest Projects (SIPs). A SIP is a public health research project that addresses a topic of interest to a division within CDC. The CDC division that sponsors the SIP works with the CDC PRC program to identify the best PRCs to conduct each SIP through a competitive peer-review process. Any researcher at the University of Rochester can work with the Rochester PRC to apply for SIP funding. The ideas for the SIP projects originate from the CDC, and Rochester PRC SIPs do not necessarily work with populations of deaf sign language users or people with hearing loss. The Rochester PRC has included work with deaf sign language users and people with hearing loss in the activities of some of the Rochester PRC SIPS.

Physical Activity Policy Research Network+ (PAPRN+) Collaborating Center (2014-2019)

Principal Investigators: Holly Russell & Steven Barnett

Summary: The project team created a resource in the form of an exercise video, led by our 78 year-old neighborhood weight lifting champion. We use this resource during our Group Medical Visits. The DVD and online video includes captions for communication access. 


Russell HA, Barnett S, Carroll J, Cook SR, Sorensen S, Moll L, Murphy M. Physical activity promotion in underserved adults. Active Living Research (ALR) Annual Conference, Clearwater Beach, FL. Feb 2016. 

Russell HA, Murphy M, Moll L, Murphy W, Cook S, Williams G, Sorensen S, Krist A, Carroll J. A group medical visit intervention for physical activity in underserved patients. NAPCRG (North American Primary Care Research Group) 43rd Annual Meeting, Cancun Mexico. Oct 2015. NAPCRG Program (SIP Presentation)




Past SIPs

Validation of Self-Reported Sleep Surveillance Measures (2012-2014).

Principal Investigators: Thomas A. Pearson, Carla Junquist, and Steven Barnett

Summary: To validate, revise and enhance as indicated the current Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) sleep questions to establish succinct, valid and reliable questions with high sensitivity and specificity for detection of sleep/wake disorders that contribute to health burden.

Cardiovascular Health Intervention Research & Translation Network (CHIRTN) Coordinating Center (2005-2010).

Prinicpal Investigator : Thomas A. Pearson
Summary: The mission of the CDC Prevention Research Centers’ Cardiovascular Health Intervention Research and Translation Network (CHIRTN) is to contribute to cardiovascular health for all people through the development and implementation of a coordinated applied research and translation agenda, and through the conduct of prevention research and translation activities that promote cardiovascular health.


CHRITN Publications:

Bryant LL, Chin NP, Cottrell LA, Duckles JM, Fernandez ID, Garces DM, et al. Perceptions of cardiovascular health in underserved communities. Prev Chronic Dis 2010;7(2):A30. ArticleFarris RP, Pearson TA, Bryant L, Peters K, Keyserling T, Fitzpatrick A, Neal W. Building capacity for heart disease and stroke prevention research: the cardiovascular health intervention research and translation network. Health Promote Pract. 2008; 9(3):220-7. Abstract

The NCDHR Deaf Perceptions Project collaborated with other PRCs in the CHIRTN network.
This project was a Special Interest Project within the PRC network.


Global & Territorial Health Research Network (GTHRN) Coordinating Center (2014-2018).

Principal Investigator: Tim Dye

Summary: In addition to leading the GTHRN, the UR GTHRN team brings to the network expertise in global health informatics and will develop a longitudinal demonstration project that will adapt and evaluate a technology-assisted behavior change intervention for use with diverse communities.



Prostate cancer decision aid (2014-2017)

Principal Investigator: James Dolan

Summary: UR researchers work with clinicians & men with newly diagnosed low risk prostate cancer to develop and evaluate a “decision dashboard” for use at the point-of-care & designed to facilitate doctor-patient communication & promote informed management decisions.