Projects we're currently working on are listed below:
The Strengthening Families Program (SFP) is a weekly 10-12 lesson parenting program that targets 6- to 11- year old children and their families at high risk for behavioral, emotional, academic, and social problems. The focus of SFP is on family attachment and bonding, family supervision, family communication of values, and substance abuse prevention. Interventions consist of parent, children, and family skills training.
Through parent sessions, parents are expected to learn to increase desired child behaviors by using attention and rewards, limit setting, clear communication, effective discipline, substance use education, and problem solving. In the separate children sessions, children are expected to learn communication skills, peer-pressure resistance, problem solving and social skills, as well as empathy and rule compliance training. Finally, family sessions provide time to practice therapeutic child play, family meetings, communication skills, effective discipline, and family bonding. The program provides for basic family needs such as childcare, transportation, meals, and other incentives for participation. The Center is currently working on a process and outcome evaluation of the programs for two Community Services Boards.
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 evaluating the Youth Health Equity Leadership Institute in Danville, Virginia. The goal of YHELI is to increase graduation rates in two High Schools in Danville. The Center will be monitoring a variety of indicators around risk behaviors, self efficacy and self-reported leadership. More Details »
In June 2011, Piedmont Community Services received funding from The Harvest Foundation to implement the Community Recovery Program (CRP). The program is designed to reduce problems caused by substance abuse in Martinsville and Henry County, Virginia. The CRP helps individuals who have achieved at least three to six months of initial substance abuse recovery to continue their path of recovery by addressing and offering assistance and supports in the areas of education, employment, finances, family, support/leisure, mental health, sobriety, spirituality, physical health, and housing. The Center is conducting a comprehensive evaluation of this program. More Details »
West Piedmont Health District is implementing a prevention program focused on obesity, diabetes, heart disease and stroke prevention. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is funding the Virginia Department of Health to implement the PPHF: State and Local Public Health Actions to Prevent Obesity, Diabetes, and Heart Disease and Stroke in West Piedmont Health District and four others in Virginia. The Center has been contracted to conduct the evaluation of the West Piedmont Health District component of the project. More Details »
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is funding the Virginia Department of Health to implement the PPHF: State and Local Public Health Actions to Prevent Obesity, Diabetes, and Heart Disease and Stroke in five health districts in Virginia. The Center has been contracted to conduct the statewide evaluation of the program. More Details »
The New River Health District has received funding from the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth to implement an obesity prevention initiative in Pulaski County. The Center will be conducting an evaluation of the project.
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.
The Center is collaborating with the Virginia Department of Health and the Cancer Action Coalition of Virginia (CACV) to develop a comprehensive five-year cancer plan for Virginia. The Center is conducting a literature review, collecting and synthesizing quantitative and qualitative data, facilitating three working sessions with the CACV State Plan Committee, and coordinating an iterative process to develop and compose the five-year plan.
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.