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Advancing Healthy Lifestyles/Preventing Chronic Disease

The Rocky Mountain Prevention Research Center (RMPRC), established in 1998, is one of 37 Prevention Research Centers in the United States funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The mission of all PRCs is to “work as an interdependent network of community, academic, and public health partners to conduct prevention research and promote the wide use of practices proven to promote good health.”

The RMPRC is committed to conducting community-based participatory research focusing on the promotion of healthy lifestyles through school, family and community based interventions, and the translation of research into sustainable community-based programs.

The RMPRC has focused its efforts primarily 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, 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.


The Rocky Mountain Prevention Research Center is a member of the Prevention Research Centers Program, supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cooperative agreement number 1-U48-DP-001938.

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