New Physical Activity Policy Research Network Plus Project
One of our GOPC's newest faculty, Dr. Keisha Pollack is the lead investigator for the new PAPRN+ (Physical Activity Policy Research Network Plus), which is part of the CDC-funded Johns Hopkins Prevention Research Center. In leading PAPRN+, Dr. Pollack will collaborate with colleagues from Active Living Research. PAPRN+ will support research that will serve as the basis for improved strategies for translation, dissemination, and implementation (TDI) of policy and environmental interventions that promote physical activity broadly, and walking specifically. In addition to leading the Network, Dr. Pollack will lead a research examining barriers to promoting worksite walking policies. The other funded Centers included in PAPRN+ are:
- University of Illinois (examining disparities in adoption of smart growth policies)
- University of Arizona (adapting complete street policies for Latino neighborhoods)
- University of Rochester (advancing policies to increase walk/bike Rx in group medical visits)
- University of Massachusetts Worcester (increasing local health dept. capacity to engage in physical activity policy)
The overarching goal of PAPRN+ is to support an interdisciplinary physical activity policy research network focused on policies and environments that influence physical activity broadly, and walking specifically. PAPRN+ will achieve this goal by promoting high quality research; enhancing translation of research into practice and ensure that practice informs research by strengthening collaborations with a diverse array of stakeholders from key health and non-health sectors and taking interventions to scale; and integrating TDI research and practice into the training of key stakeholders from various sectors and future leaders in the field.
Keshia M. Pollack, PhD, MPH is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management and Associate Director of Training and Education for the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Pollack’s research uses injury epidemiology, health policy, and health impact assessments (HIAs) to advance policies that create safe and healthy environments where people live, work, play, and travel. She is leading research promoting data-informed strategies to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety; examining policies to create built environments that promote safe active living; using risk management to prevent workplace injury; preventing sports injuries; and optimizing the use of HIA for policymaking.