The Partners in Health and Housing Prevention Research Center

The Partners in Health and Housing Prevention Research Center (PHH-PRC) is one of 33 Prevention Research Centers nationwide that were funded in 2001 by the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Center for Disease Control. The Partners in Health and Housing Prevention Research Center (PHH-PRC) is an equitable partnership among Boston University School of Public Health, Boston Housing Authority, Boston Public Health Commission, and the Community Committee for Health Promotion (comprised of public housing residents and community advocates). Through these partnerships, they “work to improve the health and well-being of the residents of public housing by engaging them in community-centered research programs and prevention activities to reduce health disparities.” The Partners in Health and Housing Prevention Research Center (PHH-PRC) is dedicated to the mission of engaging residents of Boston’s public housing in health-centered activities and research that are beneficial to the health and well-being of its residents.

The Boston University School of Public Health is dedicated to improving the health of disadvantaged, underserved and vulnerable populations through excellence and innovation in education, research and service.

The Boston Housing Authority (BHA) is the largest landlord in Boston housing approximately ten percent of the city’s residents. The mission of the BHA is to provide stable, quality, affordable housng for low and moderate income persons. The BHA enables the Prevention Research Center to link public housing residents with programs and activities designed to promote the health and wellness of the residents.

The Boston Public Health Commission’s mission is to protect, promote and preserve the health and well-being of all City of Boston residents, particularly the most vulnerable.¬† The BPHC strives to accomplish this through a variety of strategic initiatives and partnerships.

The Community Committee for Health Promotion are public housing residents and community representatives who participate in the conceptualization, planning, implementation and development of solutions to improve the overall health and quality of life of the residents of the Boston Housing Authority.

The Partners in Health and Housing Prevention Research Center (PHH-PRC) has been a primary facilitator of Project 2: “Oral Health Advocates in Public Housing” by bringing together organizations with an interest in improving the health of these underserved communities that live in public housing.