Dr. Nathaniel Riggs, an associate professor in physical activity and healthy lifestyles for the Colorado School of Public Health at Colorado State University and in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS), and Dr. Melissa George, a research scientist in the Prevention Research Center, are leading CSU’s role in the effort, which is funded by a two-year, $827,000 grant from the Colorado Health Foundation.
The project is called “Advancing Innovation and Dissemination of Evidence-Based Action in Schools (IDEAS) for Health.” It was inspired by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Whole Community, Whole School, Whole Child” model, a 10-component approach that emphasizes partnering with the community and parents on everything from the physical environment in schools to students’ mental health to schools’ social-emotional climate.
In total, four CSU researchers, Dr. Riggs, Dr. George, Prevention Research Center Director Mr. Doug Coatsworth and Dr. Daniel Graham, an assistant professor of psychology and ColoradoSPH professor, are taking the primary role in running an “Innovation Lab” with the help of four CSU graduate research assistants funded by the grant. In the lab, Colorado schools and school districts will be able to test new approaches or overcome barriers to school-based health and wellness promotion.
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