The mission of the Office of Health Promotion Research is to further knowledge and understanding of health promotion and disease prevention through the development of theory-based rigorously controlled research in health education and health promotion.

Our current research is primarily focused on the promotion and surveillance of effective breast cancer screening through the Vermont Breast Cancer Surveillance System. We are one of six core sites of the national Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium, as well as the PROSPR Research Center funded by the National Cancer Institute to conduct research to improve the cancer screening process.

Our earlier research focused on tobacco control through smoking prevention and smoking cessation, AIDS prevention, diabetes prevention, and reducing alcohol use by youth. These research projects grew out of earlier ones which we have carried out since the early 1980s by emeriti faculty members Roger H. Secker-Walker M.D., John K. Worden, Ph.D., Brian S. Flynn, Sc.D., Berta Geller, Ed.D., and Laura J. Solomon, Ph.D.


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  • More States Looking at COVID-19 Vaccine Incentive Programs
    May 14, 2021 by Nicole Twohig
    As the US begins to see demand for COVID-19 vaccines plateau, some states have started implementing incentive programs to encourage residents to get one of the three vaccines available: Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson. Recently announced incentive programs are supported by numerous research studies that support the efficacy of incentivizing vaccine adherence.
  • Class of 2021 Medical Students, Faculty, Staff Recognized at Honors Celebration
    May 7, 2021 by Jennifer Nachbur
    In a salute to graduating medical students’ accomplishments and to honor the faculty and staff who have supported them during their medical education journey, the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine launched a virtual 2021 Honors Celebration on May 6, 2021.
  • Seminar Series: Concerns & Beliefs about Substance Use & Treatment, May 14 RECORDED
    May 5, 2021 by Jennifer Smith
    In this presentation, Dr. Harder shares results from a baseline needs assessment survey with practitioners across Vermont and New Hampshire related to substance use and treatment. Learn about the level of concern that practitioners have for many substances including opioids, stimulants, cannabis, and tobacco, and about their beliefs related to treatment. Learn about the barriers that practitioners and patients face in relation to providing and seeking treatment for opioid use disorder, how comfortable practitioners feel treating opioid use disorder, and how comfort and barriers are related.