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Community Outreach

Connecting Programs and People

The Colorado School of Public Health is committed to outreach activities within Colorado communities.  Seen in school health programs in Alamosa, CO and youth training programs in Aurora, CO, 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 the HELM project, the Rocky Mountain Prevention Research Center (RMPRC) will partner with K-12 schools to increase opportunities for physical activity and healthy eating. The RMPRC will provide schools with significant financial and human resources devoted to training and equipment. In exchange, K-12 principals will support their PE teachers in implementing a PE curriculum (SPARK). Each elementary school will establish a health team that includes the principal. Together, they will participate in a strategic planning process (AIM) that will result in increased physical activity and healthy eating for students.

Recent and Ongoing Outreach Activities

hPod: Health Professionals Opportunity Day

Hosted by the Recruiting and Retaining Youth of Color in the Health Professions Task Force (RRYOC), hPod invites middle and high school students to campus to learn about health professions, participate in experiential health career activities and interact with current health professionals.  Each year the Colorado School of Public Health is an active participant in the program. We provide student and administrative volunteer hours, materials and information on careers in public health.  Investing in hPod is an investment in our future students, professionals and the health of our community.

Mountain & Plains Education & Research Center

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.

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