map indicating where each of the coalitions participating in Coalition Check-Up is located

September 14, 2020

Community coalitions encouraged to apply for free technical assistance by Oct. 1

The Coalition Check-Up project is a study of the effectiveness of the Coalition Check-Up technical assistance system for supporting community coalition implementation of evidence-based drug prevention programs. Participating coalitions will receive free individualized, relationship-based, and data-informed TA to increase member participation and improve coalition functioning.  Personalized data feedback reports and action planning guides will be provided, along with implementation support.  Coalitions will have the opportunity to focus on their unique strengths and challenges by following a concise annual four-step process.

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Professional development goals

September 09, 2020

Society for Prevention Research members weigh in on professional development needs

In order to serve the professional development needs of its members, the Society for Prevention Research (SPR) recently convened a training needs assessment task force, led by PRC Senior Research Associate Sarah Chilenksi, who surveyed SPR members about the professional development topics and delivery mechanisms that they would be mostly likely to choose. The results were shared recently in Prevention Science, and will be used to guide SPR professional development offerings for the next 5-10 years.  

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September 08, 2020

NSF funding to bolster research communication strategies project

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State’s Research-to-Policy Collaboration (RPC) is expanding a project to better respond to legislators’ needs for social and behavioral research related to the coronavirus pandemic with new funding from the National Science Foundation.

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Teacher talking with child, masked

September 01, 2020

Promoting wellness within the school community during and after the pandemic

Supporting school community wellness with social and emotional learning 

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September 01, 2020

Nursing faculty provides intervention strategy for sexual violence on campus

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Jocelyn Anderson, assistant professor in the College of Nursing and PRC affiliate faculty member, has had a research study published in the Journal of American College Health on the implementation of a sexual violence intervention at campus student health clinics and counseling centers. The study, funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), was based on the perspectives of the providers at the clinics and counseling centers and their experience with implementing the sexual violence intervention. This unique and critical perspective is key in improving and developing GIFTSS, the sexual violence intervention that was used.

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