Current Projects Include:
CPHPR has implemented, analyzed and written YRBS reports for many school districts. The YRBS survey records the frequency and prevalence of alcohol, tobacco and other drug usage activities, exercise and dietary behaviors, violence-related activities, sexual behaviors, and a variety of other health and safety related activities among middle and high school students. YRBS survey services are available throughout Virginia.
The Center is partnering with the Baptist General Convention and Virginia Cooperative Extension to deliver the Healthy Children Healthy Families curriculum throughout the state. The long-term goals of the project are to: 1) prevent and reduce childhood obesity through improved parenting practices and home environment related to obesity; 2) expand Extension capacity for community-engaged research and collaborative programming with faith-based organizations; 3) enhance Extension strategies for recruiting and training community volunteers to extend Extension reach; and 4) train future health professionals to provide culturally appropriate collaborative community-based health programs. Please visit the Empowering Healthy Families website here to learn more about the project.
The "PROmoting School-community-university Partnerships to Enhance Resilience" Model (PROSPER) will be implemented in four Virginia communities by Virginia Cooperative Extension agents, with the goal of helping prevent opioid misuse. The center is serving as external evaluator on this project. It is anticipated that the CYFAR outcome that school aged youth will demonstrate knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behavior necessary for fulfilling contributing lives will be met.
Center faculty are serving as external evaluator for this project funded by Piedmont Community Services, which is focused on reducing initiation of tobacco use in the Black community in Martinsville, VA.
The Center is collaborating with Cooperative Extension, Virginia State University and the Crater Health District to empower people to lead healthy lifestyles and reduce obesity in Petersburg, Va. Please visit the website to learn more about this project.
This project builds upon previous opioid abuse prevention projects to expand training and technical assistance on opioid prevention through implementation of evidenced-based curricula targeting 6th grade students and their families and 7th grade students in middle schools to nine rural Virginia counties. The project is funded by the United States Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
This project builds upon previous opioid abuse prevention projects to implement evidenced-based curricula targeting 6th grade students and their families and 7th grade students in middle schools rural Virginia counties. We have added a Mental Health First Aid training component for adult community partners. The Center will serve as external evaluator on this project. The project is funded by USDA/NIFA.
This is a five year grant to support a research partnership between the University of Virginia, Inova Health Systems, Carilion, and Virginia Tech. Dr. Kathy Hosig, Center Director, is serving as the lead for the community and collaboration core. This project is funded by the NIH.
The Center is serving as external evaluator for this project focusing on reducing substance use and increasing resiliency among youth in Franklin County, VA.
Center faculty are serving as facilitators to help the Tobacco Free Alliance of Virginia update their Strategic Plan.
The Center is serving as an external evaluation for this expansion of Piedmont Community Services' Community Recovery Program in Henry County, Patrick County and the City of Martinsville.
Center faculty are serving as facilitators to help the Virginia Department of Health and the Cancer Action Coalition of Virginia update their five year Comprehensive Cancer Plan.
Through a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Center is collaborating with Subject Matter Experts at Virginia Tech and Virginia Tech Cooperative Extension agents to increase trust in vaccines in rural areas of the state.