Projects we're currently working on are listed below:

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The Center is partnering with Cooperative Extension, the Institute for Policy and Governance and the Rural Health Association on an opioid abuse prevention project in Grayson County and Martinsville/Henry County. The Center is evaluating the Hospital Patient Education Program, a family-level education program for adolescents and their families, and a life skills intervention delivered through local schools.

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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.


Adult onset diabetes is a prevalent and increasing health issue. Rural communities of Virginia are disproportionally suffering from the morbidity, mortality, and social and financial costs associated with this disease. In response, Cooperative Extension at Virginia Tech is implementing Balanced Living with Diabetes (BLD), which will be targeted for implementation in 16 rural counties in Virginia. The Center will travel across the state to evaluate the effectiveness of the BLD programs. More Details »


The Center is collaborating with the New River Health District to conduct a needs assessment of contraceptive need for incarcerated women in the New River Valley Jail. Findings will help inform educational sessions delivered by New River Health District educators.

Evaluation of Drug Free Communities and Partnerships for Success

The Center has partnered with Blue Ridge Behavioral Health (Roanoke Area Youth Substance Abuse Coalition and Roanoke Prevention Alliance) and Piedmont Community Services (Drug Free MHC and FRESH coalition) to evaluate their Drug Free Communities and Partnerships for Success community projects. The Center will be developing logic models and evaluation plans, developing data collection tools, analyzing data and providing yearly comprehensive reports.

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The Center is working alongside the Roanoke/Alleghany Health Districts to complete community health assessments and community improvements plans for Alleghany/Covington, Botetourt and Roanoke counties, utilizing a MAPP (Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships) framework. Center responsibilities include facilitating Community Health Assessment Team meetings, gathering community-level secondary data, collecting primary quantitative and qualitative data, analyzing data and preparing reports, and sharing results with the teams.  The Center will also assist teams with determining health priorities, developing SMART objectives for each priority, selecting evidence-based interventions for each health priority and developing evaluation strategies.

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The Center is receiving funding from Piedmont Community Services to evaluate the expansion of the Community Recover Program. This expanded program focused on people with current substance issues who cannot find a job, and focuses on finding them treatment and employment.

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The Virginia Rural Health Association has received funding from the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) to conduct opioid abuse prevention education with providers and high risk patients in rural hospitals throughout Virginia. The Center is conducting the evaluation of the program.

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In partnership with the Institute on Policy and Governance, the Center will conduct research on the impact of substance use disorder on families, the community and employers. Utilizing a socio-ecological model, we will conduct research in two Virginia communities – rural Pulaski County and urban Roanoke City. This research will provide a foundation on which to build community-engaged collaborations and strategic approaches for the prevention and treatment of opioid and related substance use disorders. This funding is available through a Virginia Tech Vibrant Virginia Seed Grant.

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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. 

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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. 

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The Center will be conducting an evaluation of in-school substance abuse prevention programs taking place in the New River Valley.

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In partnership with colleagues in the Department of Apparel, Housing and Resource Management and the Institute on Policy and Governance, the Center will assess the impact of Age Friendly Cities and Communities designation on residents' quality of life and communities' planning strategies.

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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.

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