The Journal of Primary PreventionCraig Blakely, Ph.D., M.P.H., dean of the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health, and Jim Burdine, Dr.P.H., assistant dean for public health practice at the school, served as guest editors for the current issue of the Journal of Primary Prevention, focusing on community-based participatory research and community health development.

The theme issue highlights the work of the HSC-School of Rural Public Health Center Community Health Development (CCHD) and several other Prevention Research Centers (PRC), designated and funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Ciro Sumaya, M.D., M.P.H.T.M., professor at the HSC-School of Rural Public Health, and Eduardo Simoes, M.D., M.Sc., M.P.H., director of the PRC Program at the CDC, co-authored a commentary on community engagement and collaboration. Other authors include Dean Blakely; Dr. Burdine; Ken McLeroy, Ph.D.; Monica Wendel, Dr.P.H.; Angie Alaniz; Heather Clark; and former students John Prochaska, Keith Perkins and Shawta Sackett. Additional PRCs represented in the journal issue are the University of Arizona, University of Michigan and SUNY University at Albany.

Development of this theme issue was supported in part by Cooperative Agreement Number 1U48 DP001924 from the CDC.

— Rae Lynn Mitchell