The University of Maryland Prevention Research Center

Facility Location

Rm2302 SPH Building #255, College Park, MD 20742-2611

Brief Mission

To reduce health disparities in Maryland along the national capital border. The national capital border area in Prince George's County, Maryland between the "National Capital Beltway", the District of Columbia, and Montgomery County, Maryland is specifically targeted for community health improvement.

Hours of Operation

9:00 am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday

Services and Technologies Offered

Established in 2009, the University of Maryland Prevention Research Center (UMD-PRC) facilitates research to develop models of disease prevention and health promotion through Community-Based-Participatory-Research (CBPR). CBPR is research conducted by faculty in partnership with community stakeholders during all phases of the research from research conception to findings dissemination.

A.  Evaluation Services for Community Prevention Projects.  The UMD-PRC serves as a subcontractor for evaluation services and technical assistance to community partners.  Kaiser Permanente’s Port Towns community empowerment program, Strategic Community Services’ project entitled “Substance Abuse and HIV Integrated Prevention Services for African American Women”, Institute for Public Health Innovations’ community health worker outreach projects to link HIV positive persons to medical care are, and Greater Baden Medical Services’ patient centered care and engagement project are all being evaluated by the UMD-PRC.

B.  The Prevention Research Community Advisory Committee is a forum open to all interested community members and partners. The CAC reviews community data and feedback, recommends strategic priorities, helps to inform and engage community members, and provides input on UMD-PRC activities.

C.  The CREATE Leaders Workshop Series is an on-going series of multi-day intergenerational arts based workshops developed in collaboration with The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. It is designed to build community leaders, create awareness about self and community assets and challenges through creative expression and collaborative art-making. The workshops provide training to facilitate leadership for change and address the role of schools, parents, peers, ministries, community partners and other regarding prevention of HIV and other community health issues.

D.  Social Determinants of Health Program-“Climbing Up and Reaching Back (CURB)”: Ladder of Support for Research Careers in Biomedical and Behavioral Science. Funded by the National Institutes of Health, CURB seeks to increase representation from minority and underserved communities in the biomedical and behavioral sciences by mentoring high-achieving high school students. Assessment will determine whether the CURB mentoring model affects attitudes and self-efficacy for pursuing biomedical and behavioral research careers.


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Bradley O. Boekeloo
Department of Family Science Director, Prevention Research Center, University of Maryland School of Public Health, College Park, MD 20742
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