Completed projects include:

The Roanoke Area Youth Substance Abuse Coalition is dedicated to reducing and preventing substance abuse in the Roanoke Valley. Through community events, community assessment, and collaboration, RAYSAC has led prevention efforts in the Roanoke Valley for 31 years. Since receiving a Drug Free Communities (DFC) grant in 2005, RAYSAC has experienced tremendous growth. The most recent Red Ribbon Week (October 2014) incorporated students from 27 schools in the Roanoke Valley. In 2014, eight valley-wide sites were established for a Drug Take Back Event in collaboration with the Roanoke Valley Prescription Drug Task Force, and over 1 ton of drugs were safely disposed of as a result of this event. RAYSAC continues to lead Youth Prevention Clubs in the region as well as adult education campaigns on substance abuse prevention. RAYSAC also continues to work to educate legislators on substance abuse issues in the Roanoke Valley. The Center conducted an evaluation on the program. More Details »

Virginia Commonwealth University provided funding to New River Valley Community Services to administer the SAMHSA-funded Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) State Incentive Grant (SIG) Program. CPHPR partnered with New River Valley Community Services to assess drunk driving tendencies among young adults in Montgomery County through a series of focus groups, community forums, and quantitative data analysis.

The New River Health District (NRHD) and the New River Valley Agency on Aging jointly offer the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) to residents of the New River Valley. CPHPR conducted an outcome evaluation of the CDSMP workshops. Topics covered included:

  1. techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation;
  2. appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance;
  3. appropriate use of medications;
  4. communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals;
  5. nutrition;
  6. decision making; and
  7. how to evaluate new treatments.

This Center-led evaluation was used to help the NRHD design a sustainability plan and evaluate the effectiveness of the workshops. If you are interested in attending a CDSMP workshop, contact the New River Health District at (540) 585-3300.

CPHPR partnered with the New River Health District (NRHD) to implement the Tobacco Use Control Project. The project, that ended February 2015, was designed to engage community partners and coalitions to promote positive and healthy behaviors to prevent and end tobacco use particularly in teens, young adults, and pregnant women. Project activities included a needs assessment of the tobacco policies of local businesses and college campuses, educational sessions about the health impact of tobacco use and nicotine addiction, tobacco policy review for the local school systems, and clinical training in the use of the Virginia 1-800-Quit Line to aid in tobacco use cessation.

CPHPR was contracted by the Community Services Boards of Region III East to develop a community-driven suicide prevention plan. By incorporating the beliefs and perspectives of key suicide prevention stakeholders from throughout this area and reviewing comprehensive data, CPHPR developed a 5 year plan supporting effective and appropriate local prevention strategies for the years to come.

The Farm to School Initiative, implemented by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), helps public schools across the nation incorporate local fresh foods into their daily lunches and cafeteria food. A wide variety of activities are created to help teach children about nutrition, gardening, living a healthy lifestyle, and making smart choices when it comes to food. Pulaski County Public Schools was awarded a planning grant, given to those who are just beginning the incorporation of local foods into their public schools. Pulaski County Public Schools is working with community partners, parents and students to help develop and implement this program. The Center evaluated their efforts in developing the Farm to School program. More Details » | Facebook Page »

CPHPR conducted a process evaluation of Martinsville's HEY Collaborative and produced a Key Performance Indicators dashboard. The dashboard measures processes, outcomes, financial data, youth and partner satisfaction and includes an interactive map of services.

The Tazewell County Cancer Prevention Project is a multi-disciplinary project looking at environmental and behavioral factors that may contribute to cancer in Tazewell County. Project components have included:

  • A statistical analysis of Virginia Cancer Registry reporting for a ten year period to determine the most frequently diagnosed cancers and ages of patients.
  • A survey of former and current cancer patients.
  • A representative survey assessing behavior and environmental exposures.
  • An on-line Facebook focus group to gain an understanding of what residents of Tazewell County know and how they feel about healthy (and unhealthy) communities.
  • A Photovoice project for high school students to gain youth perspectives on potential cancer risk factors.
  • Several key stakeholder interviews in the medical community to gain more knowledge about tumor reporting, and insight into risk factors in Tazewell County.
  • Map overlays that show the proximity of residences to infrastructure such as water systems, landfills, factories.
  • Environmental testing (water and radon).

The Center conducted surveys, focus groups, and key informant interviews in Martinsville/Henry County to assess community and agency perceptions of PCS' substance abuse prevention work. CPHPR collected and analyzed data and produced a comprehensive report. More Details »

Reversing the growing trends in obesity and reducing chronic diseases requires a comprehensive and coordinated approach that uses systems and environmental change strategies to transform communities into places that support and promote healthy lifestyle choices for all residents. Through funding from the Virginia Department of Health, the town of Christiansburg has been implementing such strategies. The project focuses on enhancing town infrastructure to support bicycling and walking. The town has also worked to enhance community partnerships through the Healthy Citizens New River network in order to create a healthier Christiansburg. The Center evaluated the effectiveness of the project. More Details » | Facebook Page »

The Center partnered with Blue Ridge Behavioral Health, Piedmont Community Services and New River Valley Community Services to implement their Partnerships for Success grant needs assessments. According to the Strategic Prevention Framework, the first step is to conduct a needs assessment around prescription drug and heroin abuse. Future steps will involve developing an implementation plan and evaluation plan. More Details »

The Center developed 45 data briefs for the Virginia Department of Health. Topics focus on youth behaviors such as: physical activity, nutrition, violence and depression, injury, alcohol and other drugs.

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