WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE DO
The Rocky Mountain Prevention Research Center is housed in the Colorado School of Public Health on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.
Our vision is that children and families attend schools and live in communities that optimize health and happiness. Our mission is to conduct community-engaged research with schools and communities across the Rocky Mountain region to achieve health equity by optimizing social-emotional, cognitive, and physical health.
Our approach includes:
- Building long-term relationships with schools and school districts to partner on optimizing student health and happiness
- Conducting studies on improving school environments
- Developing and testing strategies such as “Assess. Identify. Make it Happen.” (AIM) to shorten the time it takes to put research into school practice
- Designing and testing school-and community-level health promotion interventions
The majority of our projects are in Pre-K-12 school settings across the state with work taking place in both rural and urban low-income school settings. The RMPRC began partnering with schools in the San Luis Valley
in 1998 and expanded to the central corridor, western slope, and southeastern quadrant of the state beginning in 2010 (see Map; yellow stars indicate RMPRC offices, green shapes indicate our current reach).