Healthy families and communities
that advocate and partner for social and physical environments that support
active, healthy lifestyles.
The mission of the Rocky Mountain Prevention Research Center (RMPRC) is to
advance healthy lifestyles and prevent chronic disease among residents and
communities in the Rocky Mountain region by conducting, disseminating, and
serving as a resource for community- based research and policy.
The RMPRC is committed to the principle of participatory research, a
collaborative research approach involving our community partners in the
research process. We rely on community members, including our Community
Advisory Board in the San
Luis Valley (SLV) and project specific steering committees, to assist with
informing decisions in the direction and scope of our research projects.
The RMPRC has a long history of collaboration in the San Luis Valley of southern Colorado, where the University of Colorado Denver and community members began in the early 1980’s with studies to understand the occurrence and determinants of diabetes. More recently, programs have expanded to new communities, reaching schools in Metro Denver
and the southeastern plains with plans to expand to western Colorado and Weld
The RMPRC has worked with local communities on projects including school and
family based interventions, surveillance, program evaluation, and the provision
of training programs in evidence-based health promotion and community-based
participatory research. For more information on specific projects, click here.