Past projects

Building Capacity for PROSPER Rx Implementation to Address the Opioid Epidemic in Rural Iowa

The ISU PROSPER Rx team is expanding and enhancing supports and tools for building and leveraging the capacity of Extension professionals, along with their state- and community-level partners, to move toward an evidence-based comprehensive community systems approach to addressing the opioid epidemic in underserved rural communities.

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An RCT of Family-Centered Ojibwe Substance Abuse Prevention

This is a multisite randomized controlled trial of a family-centered alcohol and drug prevention program for Anishinabe (Ojibwe) pre-adolescents aged 8-10 years. This program has been developed and adapted in partnership with multiple Anishinabe communities over a span of 13 years. The Bii-Zin-Da-De-Dah (BZDDD) (Listening to One Another) program was the first American Indian adaptation of the Iowa Strengthening Families Program.

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Collaboration for Implementing the Universal Prevention Curriculum (UPC) Coordinator and Implementer Series

This funding supports a series of pilot projects to guide dissemination of the Universal Prevention Curriculum, a globally-oriented training in preventive intervention science, in the North American region. Team members are developing and piloting course modules as part of a Universal Prevention Curriculum and will be identifying prospective providers and consumers for the curriculum as well as a marketing strategy to establish UPC as the first globally-consistent prevention science training.

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Rural Family and Community Drug Abuse Prevention Project (Project Family)

Initiated in 1993, it is a longitudinal efficacy study to evaluate two family-focused interventions, Guiding Good Choices and Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14, designed to prevent adolescent substance abuse and other problem behaviors. Multimethod, multi-informant measurement procedures were employed for collecting data when participants were at 6th, 7th, 8th, 10th, and 12th grades.

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Rural Family and Youth Competencies Building Project (CaFaY)

The purpose of the CaFaY project is to promote the development of sustainable partnerships among schools, communities and universities, in order to facilitate the delivery of scientifically-tested interventions designed to reduce adolescent substance use or other problem behaviors and to promote youth competencies.

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Adoption and Implementation Support Innovations for PROSPER Partnership-Based EBI Delivery Network

This project was focused on developing a translational network of state-based partnerships among schools, communities, and universities, designed for broad implementation of universal, evidence-based interventions (EBIs) for youth and their families. This network is based on the PROSPER (PROmoting School-community-university Partnerships to Enhance Resilience) Partnership Model (PPM) for the dissemination of EBIs.

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Toward a PROSPER State Partnership Network: Building Infrastructure and Capacity

The project facilitated infrastructure development and built capacity for diffusion of state-based partnerships, thus laying the groundwork for creating a network of participating states.

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Development and Testing of a Family Health Promotion Program

The goals of this project were to develop a Family Health Promotion program, evaluate the feasibility of its implementation, and conduct a preliminary short-term efficacy evaluation on its ability to elicit changes in intervention-targeted parenting strategies, child self-efficacy and intentions for engaging in healthy dietary behaviors and higher levels of physical activity, as well as actual health behavior changes.

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Family-Focused Prevention in an African-American Population

This project was a replication study of Iowa Strengthening Families Program, called the Strengthening Families Program For Parents and Youth 10-14, with African-American families.

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