This proposal seeks to establish a CDC Comprehensive Prevention Research Center focused on health- promotion aligned with the disease-prevention objectives of Healthy People 2020. The proposed Health Promotion Research Center at Dartmouth (HPRCD) will leverage the strengths and reach of primary care and community mental health centers in New Hampshire (NH) to conduct dissemination and implementation research on health promotion strategies with a focus on the population health goal of reducing obesity and smoking. Our goal is to measurably decrease cardiovascular risk factors in NH by partnering with primary care, mental health, state agencies, and community partners to identify needs, provide technical assistance, implement, and study evidence-based practices that systematically address two of the CDC's primary """"""""Winnable Battles"""""""": obesity and smoking.
Aim 1 of the HPRCD is to support the implementation and outcome assessment of evidence- based, clinically feasible health promotion interventions for obesity and smoking cessation as an integrated component in primary care settings across NH. We will accomplish this first aim by establishing a Comprehensive CDC Prevention Research Center with six core initiatives: 1) a primary care health promotion implementation workgroup;2) a mobile health promotion technology workgroup;3) a health promotion early research career mentoring program;4) Dartmouth COOP Primary Care Research Network projects;5) DH Community Health Improvement Plan projects;and 6) collaboration with the regional ReThink Health Initiative. The Center will support and complement these efforts by providing administration and infrastructure support;engaging community partners and providing technical assistance;communicating and disseminating knowledge;providing training in health promotion and implementation research;and evaluation of program outcomes.
Aim 2 of the HPRCD is to evaluate long-term weight reduction, smoking cessation, and program sustainability of a statewide demonstration of integrated health promotion in mental health care settings across NH. We will accomplish this second aim by conducting a dissemination and implementation research project that will build on a novel, statewide Centers for Medicare and Medicaid demonstration program implementing integrated health promotion interventions in New Hampshire's Community Mental Health System. The proposed study will evaluate: 1) long-term reduced cardiovascular risk after program completion for 1,500 obese or tobacco dependent adults with mental illness;2) facilitators of long-term weight loss and smoking cessation: and 3) the long-term sustainability and costs of integrated health promotion programs.

Public Health Relevance

The goal of this project is to establish the Health Promotion Research Center at Dartmouth that will improve the health of people in New Hampshire by translating and studying the most effective and practical ways to reduce obesity and smoking within primary care and mental health settings.

National Institute of Health (NIH)
National Center for Chronic Disease Prev and Health Promo (NCCDPHP)
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research Centers (U48)
Project #
Application #
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZDP1)
Project Start
Project End
Budget Start
Budget End
Support Year
Fiscal Year
Total Cost
Indirect Cost
Dartmouth College
Public Health & Prev Medicine
Schools of Medicine
United States
Zip Code
Naslund, John A; Aschbrenner, Kelly A; Kim, Sunny Jung et al. (2017) Health Behavior Models for Informing Digital Technology Interventions for Individuals With Mental Illness. Psychiatr Rehabil J :
Naslund, John A; Aschbrenner, Kelly A; Marsch, Lisa A et al. (2017) Facebook for Supporting a Lifestyle Intervention for People with Major Depressive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, and Schizophrenia: an Exploratory Study. Psychiatr Q :
Batsis, John A; Cook, Summer B (2017) Is the whole not greater than the sum of its parts? The case of sarcopenic obesity. Am J Clin Nutr 106:14-15
Helmers, Sandra L; Kobau, Rosemarie; Sajatovic, Martha et al. (2017) Self-management in epilepsy: Why and how you should incorporate self-management in your practice. Epilepsy Behav 68:220-224
Aschbrenner, Kelly A; Dixon, Lisa B; Naslund, John A et al. (2017) An Online Survey of Family Members' Beliefs and Attitudes About Smoking and Mental Illness. J Dual Diagn 13:179-183
Adachi-Mejia, Anna M; Lee, Chanam; Lee, Chunkuen et al. (2017) Geographic variation in the relationship between body mass index and the built environment. Prev Med 100:33-40
Lohman, Matthew C; Crow, Rebecca S; DiMilia, Peter R et al. (2017) Operationalisation and validation of the Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths, and Injuries (STEADI) fall risk algorithm in a nationally representative sample. J Epidemiol Community Health 71:1191-1197
Naslund, John A; Aschbrenner, Kelly A; Araya, Ricardo et al. (2017) Digital technology for treating and preventing mental disorders in low-income and middle-income countries: a narrative review of the literature. Lancet Psychiatry 4:486-500
Batsis, John A; Gill, Lydia E; Masutani, Rebecca K et al. (2017) Weight Loss Interventions in Older Adults with Obesity: A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials Since 2005. J Am Geriatr Soc 65:257-268
Batsis, John A; Pletcher, Sarah N; Stahl, James E (2017) Telemedicine and primary care obesity management in rural areas - innovative approach for older adults? BMC Geriatr 17:6

Showing the most recent 10 out of 44 publications