The University of Iowa Prevention Research Center for Rural Health (PRC-RH) was first funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC) in 2002. The Center received it's most recent five-year funding award in March 2010 of $4.7 million.
The 37 Prevention Research Centers, designated by the CDC, constitute a network of academic, community, and public health partners that conducts applied public health research. PRCs create health promotion and disease prevention strategies that work and can bring long-term benefits to communities. PRCs also offer training and technical assistance to the public health community.
The PRC-RH is within the Department of Community and Behavioral Health in the College of Public Health. The PRC-RH conducts community-based projects aimed at promoting the health and well-being of rural Iowans. Our mission is to improve the health of rural communities in Iowa and the Midwest. We will accomplish this by establishing and maintaining community partnerships, conducting research on health issues of mutual interest, and leveraging our collective resources in the most effective ways possible.
Edith Parker , Department Head and professor of community and behavioral health, serves as the center's director. Kathleen Janz, UI professor of health and sport studies, and Linda Snetselaar, UI professor of epidemiology, are the center's associate directors.