November 8, 2012
The Prevention Research Center at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice received a Community Based Participatory Research Award at the annual meeting of the National Community Committee at the University of Maryland in October. Laural Ruggles, VP of Marketing and Community Health Improvement at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital, accepted the award on behalf of the Dartmouth Prevention Research Center.
Dartmouth is one of 37 Prevention Research Centers designated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) nationwide. The Prevention Research Centers 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 health.
The Prevention Research Center at Dartmouth focuses on the prevention of cardiovascular disease with an emphasis on underserved, vulnerable populations. The Dartmouth Prevention Research Center works with the Fit and Healthy Coalition of Caledonia and s. Essex in Vermont, and similar coalitions in Keene and Manchester, New Hampshire. They are currently sponsoring InShape Together, a nine month program to encourage healthy eating and active living.
The National Community Committee is one of the seven Prevention Research Center committees that recommend standards, policies, and activities to the Prevention Research Centers. Each Prevention Research Center is represented by a community member on the National Community Committee. The Community Based Participatory Research Award is intended to recognize Prevention Research Centers that follow these good practices to fully engage community members as equal research partners.
For more information about the Prevention Research Center at Dartmouth visit http://tdi.dartmouth.edu/centers/population-health/prcd/.