Projects we're currently working on are listed below:

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. 

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

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 Virginia Higher Education Opioid Consortium (VHEOC) is a collaboration of five Virginia public universities working together to support local efforts to prevent and treat opioid and other substance use disorders with cutting edge academic resources. 

The mission is to assist Community Services Boards (CSBs) to address the opioid crisis with services in the prevention, treatment/recovery, and collection and analysis of data related to substance use disorders, including opioids. 

The model provides CSBs with a dedicated channel to access research expertise and technical assistance from member universities. 

Services are funded under the SAMHSA State Opioid Response grant to the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services.

VHEOC member universities: George Mason University, Old Dominion University, Virginia State University, University of Virginia, and Virginia Tech. More information is available here.

The Center is conducting a process evaluation of the Connection to Care project (in collaboration with the Virginia Tech Institute on Policy and Governance, the HOPE initiative and the Virginia Harm Reduction Coalition). Connection to Care provides care backpacks and connection to resources and peer recovery specialists to people in need throughout the Roanoke area.

In collaboration with colleagues on campus and through the iTHRIV research partnership, Center faculty are conducting a sequential mixed methods research study to determine how Virginians receive, interpret, and respond to COVID-19 prevention messages.

In partnership with the Virginia Tech Institute on Policy and Governance, the Center is serving as external process evaluator on the implementation of Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics for New River and Mount Rogers Community Services Boards.

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