The Colorado School of Public Health is committed to outreach activities within Colorado communities. Seen in school health programs in Alamosa, Colo., and youth training programs in Aurora, we are building bridges between our universities and neighborhoods in order to build safer, healthier communities throughout all of Colorado and the Rocky Mountain West.
Featured Outreach: HELM
The latest research shows that when schools provide daily opportunities for physical activity and healthy eating, their students are more on-task in the classroom, demonstrate increased concentration, and exhibit higher academic achievement compared to schools not implementing these best practices (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Action for Healthy Kids).
In Health Eaters, Lifelong Movers, more commonly known as the HELM project, the Rocky Mountain Prevention Research Center (RMPRC) partners with K-12 schools to increase opportunities for physical activity and healthy eating. The RMPRC provides schools with significant financial and human resources devoted to training and equipment. In exchange, K-12 principals support their PE teachers in implementing a PE curriculum (SPARK). Each elementary school also establishes a health team that includes the principal. Together, they participate in a strategic planning process (AIM) that results in increased physical activity and healthy eating for students.
Recent and Ongoing Outreach Activities
Mountain & Plains Education and Research Center
The Mountain & Plains Education and Research Center (MAP ERC), a worker health and safety education and research center within the Center for Health, Work & Environment at the Colorado School of Public Health, is one of the 18 ERCs funded by the Centers for Disease Control/National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (CDC/NIOSH). An essential component of the MAP ERC is partnering with other institutions, industry, professional associations, and other community groups or agencies. Through community partnerships of these groups with the MAP ERC and with each other, a stronger cohesiveness can be established to extend the opportunity of collaboration to develop and provide continuing education courses, professional development courses, training programs and outreach activities that meet the needs of our region’s OEH & S practitioners and workforce communities.