The mission of the PAPREN Rural Active Living Work Group is to build a multi-disciplinary network of researchers and practitioners from academia, non-profit organizations, government, and other funding agencies to: 1) increase the amount and quality of active living research and evaluation in rural areas, and 2) facilitate the development and implementation of evidence-informed physical activity practices and policies specific to rural communities.
The strength of our Work Group has been in our ability to collaborate to get work done. To that end, we see our role as three-fold: (1) generate new ideas and collaborations, (2) maintain and foster connections across researchers and practitioners committed to advancing health in rural communities, and (3) complete a core research project each year. We will place an emphasis on facilitating the development and implementation of research ideas and collaborations within our Work Group and with the other PAPREN Work Groups. We welcome additional collaborators on our core research projects, which are listed below:
Noah Lenstra, PhD, is a member of the PAPREN Rural Active Living Work Group and leading a project. Dr. Lenstra takes a community engagement approach to the study and teaching of libraries. His current research focuses on how public libraries support health and wellness through programs and partnerships. His dissertation analyzed how public libraries and senior centers are used by senior citizens learning digital technologies. Past research has focused on digital heritage, genealogy, archives, and community engagement in libraries. He teaches in the areas of community informatics, project management, and foundations of library and information science.
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