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Prevention Research Center, Division of Prevention & Population Sciences, UNM Department of Pediatrics

MSC11 6145
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Physical Location:
2703 Frontier Ave NE
Research Incubator Building (RIB) Suite 120

Phone: (505) 272-4462
Fax: (505) 272-3955

Prevention Research

What is Prevention Research? 

Prevention science focuses on preventing disease and promoting wellness and health rather than treating and curing disease. Prevention science identifies risk factors for poor health outcomes, along with factors that provide protection against such outcomes, and works to mitigate the upstream causes of risks and promote the protective factors. It can involve different strategies; including education, social marketing, and environmental, policy and systems changes that help make healthy choices easier. Benefits include longer, healthier lives with a reduced burden of disease and less health inequity.

Individual behaviors and environmental factors are associated with many chronic diseases, including cancer, heart disease, arthritis, and diabetes, as well as acute disorders such as injuries and some infections. Prevention researchers develop strategies to help reduce risk factors and increase protective factors. By involving community members, academic researchers, and public health agencies, the PRC finds innovative ways to promote health and prevent disease. Together with our partners, we develop, test, disseminate, and implement these strategies.

Our Community Advisory Council (CAC) provides a bi-directional link between the UNM PRC and the people of New Mexico. This link helps to ensure that our research is informed by, and sensitive to, cultural distinctions, acceptable to participants, and likely to be sustained—characteristics that contribute to high-quality results. Our newsletter, The Connection, along with our website and other communication tools, provides opportunities for sharing information with our CAC and other partners and community members.

Our Research Priorities

Our research agenda focuses on community needs and is developed through community engagement. Our research priorities include the following: 

  • Nutrition, physical activity, and obesity prevention
  • Adolescent and school health
  • Tobacco use prevention
  • Alcohol and substance abuse prevention
  • Injury and violence prevention

Addressing these areas is crucial for achieving the long-term goal of improving health and eliminating health disparities in New Mexico communities.