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Award-winning Iowa State research, outreach poised to combat opioid misuse, other health challenges

Youth show lower rates of substance misuse, including prescription opioid misuse, well after high school graduation if they have participated in proven prevention programs that follow the PROSPER (PROmoting School-community-university Partnerships to Enhance Resilience) model developed at Iowa State University.

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ISU Extension and Outreach Partnership Builds a Strong Iowa

Almost 30 years of benefits to Iowans and millions in grants, as awards multiply

In 1986, an introductory meeting with an extension specialist and an early-career scientist inspired a promising partnership for university engagement with Iowa communities that focused on Iowa State University's motto "science with practice." Almost 30 years later, this partnership continues to grow and stand strong, assisting Iowans and looking toward a bright future.

Richard Spoth, the early-career scientist and now director of the Partnerships in Prevention Science Institute, received the 2015 Presidential Award from the Society for Prevention Research for his contributions to the field of prevention science. Spoth attributes this lifetime achievement award as recognition of the benefits of this partnership and collaboration with ISU Extension and Outreach, particularly Human Sciences Extension and Outreach.

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