Maine Prevention Research Center

The Maine-Harvard Prevention Research Center (Maine-HPRC) is a collaboration of the Harvard Prevention Research Center on Nutrition and Physical Activity and the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

It was created in 2000 at the request of the Maine CDC and has since maintained close ties to that state agency as well as to the state Department of Education and to other state and local partners. 

An integral part of the Harvard PRC, the Maine-HPRC has its own independent Steering Committee which meets quarterly to articulate its own priorities through successive three-year strategic plans. It is funded through a modest supplemental grant to the Harvard PRC from the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a contract with the Maine CDC. On this platform, the Maine HPRC has built a Prevention Research Center closely aligned to state programs and priorities, including the Healthy Maine Partnerships network of community coalitions. The Maine-HPRC has played and plays a leadership role in policy and program research and development and in research translation and capacity-building.

The goal of the Maine-HPRC is to increase physical activity, improve nutrition, and thus reduce overweight and obesity in Maine. The mission of the Maine HPRC is to reduce weight-related morbidity and mortality by promoting evidence-based practice. Efforts focus on addressing disparities and on working to develop effective collaborations that will lead to systems and policy changes. The social ecological model is often employed to address overweight and obesity through multiple channels and at multiple levels so as to improve the lives of people and families where they live, work, and play.

The Strategic Plan 2011-13 of the Maine-HPRC is in development. Current projects of the Maine-HPRC include 

  • the Starting Young Child Care Center Initiative,
  • the Maine Worksite Wellness Initiative, and  
  • the Maine Youth Overweight Collaborative.