The Anschutz medical campus is home to several policy research centers and additional faculty research programs with P-20 education connections. The list that follows provides descriptions and contact/website information where available. Something missing? Please contact us at any time to add to this list.
Website: Aurora Lights
The Colorado and Central AHECs, along with the Aurora Public Schools, are excited to announce a new collaboration called Aurora LIGHTS (Leading the way in Health Sciences). The Aurora LIGHTS Career Program is a new partnership designed to help minority and disadvantaged students succeed in science, enroll in pre-med and health sciences school programs and become health science professionals. Aurora LIGHTS is engaging a range of partners with expertise and resources to help students achieve this goal; in addition to AHEC and Aurora Public Schools, these include UCD, Community College of Aurora and the Metropolitan Community Provider Network (Aurora’s local community health network). This collaboration will support educationally and economically disadvantaged students to enter a pipeline program extending from kindergarten through the health professional schools at UCD, with a focus on education, recruitment and retention in the health sciences. Central AHEC will be a lead partner in expanding ongoing programs and developing new programs, such as an expansion of the Summer Academy into year-long activities with Aurora Public Schools. Partner schools involved in Aurora Lights include Montview, Paris and Parklane Elementary Schools, North Middle School, Hinkley, Aurora Central and Williams Smith High School, and the Community College of Aurora and Pickens Technology College. Partner organizations include AHEC and Metro Community Provider Network.
Integrated Nutrition Education Program
The Integrated Nutrition Education Program (INEP) is an elementary school-based nutrition education program conducted in 48 DPS low-income schools and 590 classrooms. The goal is to instill life-long nutrition behaviors to prevent obesity, type 2 diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. To accomplish this goal, the INEP targets increased fruit/vegetable intake and overall healthy eating. INEP is a multi-year program consisting of 24 hands-on classroom lessons each year that involve food preparation/eating and are linked to science and literacy standards. Classroom teachers get curriculum training, followed by weekly delivery of food and education materials to support the lessons. Parent education includes adult bilingual classes, parent nights at schools, 2nd grade take-home book bags, and quarterly newsletters. New program components for 2009-2010 include cafeteria connections, parent advocacy groups, and classroom-based radio show productions.
Program evaluation has shown significant behavior changes in children. Compared to control schools, intervention children consumed 0.4 servings more fruits/vegetables at school lunch than control children at year-end post-test. Children showed improved nutrition knowledge, and increased self-efficacy about preparing and eating targeted foods. New evaluation strategies for 2009-2010 include parent focus groups and children’s classroom survey, both focused on how empowerment relates to health behaviors.
Rocky Mountain Prevention Research Center
The Rocky Mountain Prevention Research Center (RMPRC) conducts school-based intervention and evaluation research aimed at increasing opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity. Examples of the types of intervention and evaluation services provided by the Center include:
1DPS Livewell Project: The RMPRC has a subcontract with DPS to provide consultation on best practices for working with school health teams and information about evidence-based strategies to increase opportunities for physical activity and healthy eating. The RMPRC is working with the DPS wellness coordinator to create a tool designed to help schools evaluate the extent to which they are complying with their district's policy and implement evidence-based strategies aligned with their local wellness policy.
SuperFoods Focus Groups: DPS has asked the RMPRC to conduct focus groups with students about the DPS lunch program and its SuperFoods initiative. Enterprise Management of DPS would like student feedback about what’s working well with school lunch, what could be working better, and how its SuperFoods campaign is impacting students’ eating behavior.
School Environment Project:Ten San Luis Valley elementary schools are participating in this community-based participatory research project designed to increase physical activity and healthy eating. Project includes creating a strategic planning process with members from the school community to come up with a planning process that is intended to change school environments and policies in order to increase opportunities for physical activity and healthy eating among students.
WONDER (Ways of Nurturing Development through Enhancing Relationships) Babies:
Community Partnerships for Young Children with Special Health Care Needs and their
Contact: Ayelet.Talmi @ucdenver.edu, Dept. of Psychiatry
The Vision of The WONDERbabies Partnership for Health is the existence of an integrated system that supports the health and development of infants and young children with special healthcare needs and their families. The WONDERbabies Partnership will function as a liaison between babies and young children with special health care needs and their families and the systems of care that serve them in the Front Range.Partnerships for Health is a statewide initiative of The Colorado Trust.
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