The Prevention Research Collaborative (PRC) at the University of Michigan School of Public Health promotes safe and healthy futures through prevention research, training, and outreach. We are a multidisciplinary team of faculty and experienced research staff with over 30 years of experience engaging with communities with disproportionate burdens of health disparities. Previously called the Prevention Research Center, we shifted to the Prevention Research Collaborative in 2021 to incorporate our team’s work across multiple funded Centers and affiliated research projects. We work in partnership with local and state health departments, community organizations, schools, and health care providers to develop and advance sustainable strategies for disease prevention and health promotion for families and communities.

Our research encompasses a range of public health topics including violence prevention, school safety, firearms injury prevention, sexual health, drug and alcohol use, physical activity, healthy eating, and maternal child health. We are guided by the principles and theories of positive youth development, youth and community empowerment, resiliency, and an ecological perspective that stresses building strengths and structural influences on health.

Our team has expertise in: Community Assessments, Program Development, Research Design and Data Analysis, Program Evaluation, Training and Mentoring, Technical Assistance, and Communications and Dissemination.