PAPREN is a thematic research network of the Prevention Research Centers (PRC) program of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO) funds PAPREN to support collaborative research and evaluation to identify and implement local, state and national level policy approaches that influence opportunities for physical activity. PAPREN supports work across multiple sectors with emphasis on factors that affect the built environment such as land use and transportation policy. PAPREN emphasizes cross-sector collaboration and integration of health equity into all policy evaluation efforts.
PAPREN’s seeks to advance the evidence base supporting physical activity policy and translation of evidence into practice at local, state, and national levels.
PAPREN activities will position members to conduct physical activity policy:
PAPREN structure consists of a Coordinating Center, CDC advisors, External Advisory Committee, affiliate member centers, and Work Groups.
PAPREN is a place to learn, connect and collaborate on physical activity policy research and evaluation. It is a space for researchers and practitioners and for professionals in multiple disciplines to find common ground. Members participate as actively as they choose.
Workgroups develop products and tools to support the policy and evaluation needs of DNPAO grant recipients and develop collaborative projects that advance PAPREN goals. Each group will have a listserv for members to contact one another. Learn More
PAPREN alternates monthly calls that are Grand Rounds presentations and Network calls. Grand Rounds provide Network members with cutting edge information and guidance on issues pertinent to the broader field of physical activity policy research and evaluation and their capacity to work in this field. Network calls will feature updates from CDC leadership and the PAPREN Work Groups. Learn More