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University of Colorado Denver School of Public Health

  • Project Title: School Environment Project
  • Grant Period: June 2007-June 2009 (funded by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)
  • Intervention Setting: School
  • Program Overview: Intervention Mapping is a six-step process to create robust interventions. Designed by the University of Texas, the strategic planning process draws from literature reviews, behavior change theories, and the ecological model, and is an intellectual process requiring a high level of knowledge and skills to complete.

    Researchers at the Prevention Research Center sought to adapt the Intervention Mapping process to be more community-friendly. They developed an approach called Applied Intervention Mapping (AIM) and used this approach in a number of school settings to address policy and environmental factors.

    The Prevention Research Center partnered with schools and guided them through the AIM process. It found that groups undertaking the AIM process succeeded in making changes, even a year after implementation ended. The Prevention Research Center recently received a grant from the Colorado Foundation to take the AIM process to other rural Colorado communities.

Resources required for implementing program

  • Implementation staff
  • Buy-in from school administrators, teachers and community members