The Health Promotion Resource Center (HPRC) at MSM was established in 1988 under the Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine (See HPRC Organizational Chart). Initially funded by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) in Menlo Park, Calif., the HPRC has developed a health promotion and disease prevention model for underserved populations and has provided multiple programs and services in over 80 of Georgia's 159 counties. The primary focus of the diverse projects administered by the HPRC is health promotion, prevention, education and youth development in African-American populations through community-based organizations in both urban and rural communities.

 

Organizational Experience, Capacity and Available Resources
The HPRC has established partnerships with local and statewide organizations to develop educational, youth development, violence/gang prevention and health promotion programs for minority and low-income populations throughout Georgia. These relationships focus primarily on the following:

 

Establishing a statewide planning and governance board to develop concrete strategies that will forge community organization and development efforts implemented within African-American and poor communities statewide;

 

Establishing advocacy partnerships with voluntary associations, state agencies/organizations to assure that effective health interventions are developed;

 

Working with state agencies/organizations to provide ongoing training, technical assistance, consultation and resources;

 

Building infrastructure capacity of faith-based and community organizations through training, technical assistance and funding to provide prevention and social services to at risk populations. As result of these initiatives, HPRC has become a successful intermediary and change agent in the field of community development, prevention and health promotion in the 21st century

 

 

Current HPRC Projects:

In 2010, HPRC was awarded a five-year grant for $7.5 million to replicate the Children Aid Society-Carrera (CAS-Carrera) Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Program in three geographically diverse communities (metropolitan, micropolitan and rural). HPRC is working collaboratively with two community-based organizations (Monticello Get Ahead House, Inc. and Lamar County Activity Center, Inc.) to replicate the CAS-Carrera model in Cobb County, Jasper County and Lamar County. This innovative youth development model serves 180 middle school youth "at promise" for success in economically fragile communities. The CAS-Carrera program has seven components: 1)Education, 2) Family Life/Sex Education, 3) Job Club, 4) Mental Health, 5) Preventive Physical/Dental Health, 6) Lifetime Sports, 7) Self-Expression. In order to implement the CAS-Carrera model, HPRC contracted with the CAS, headquartered in New York; a CAS-Carrera fidelity monitor is assigned to ensure that the program is implemented with fidelity.

 

Southwest Cooperative Regional Prevention Resource Center (SWCRPRC). In 1993, the HPRC was awarded a contract by the Human Resource Department, Division of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse to develop a Prevention Resource Center in Southwest Georgia. Forty counties in Southwest Georgia (population 850,000) comprised the SWCRPRC's service area with a regional headquarters in Albany, Ga. In 1994, the regional boards assumed governance of state contracts that support the SWCRPRC. The purpose of the SWCRPRC is to promote healthy individuals, families and communities in its community service area by minimizing problems related to alcohol and other drug use, teenage pregnancy and other negative at risk behaviors of youth through prevention, intervention, education, training and technical assistance in 30 counties in West Central and Southwest Georgia. As of 2007, HPRC now provides these and more community development services under a contract with the Department of Public/Office of Prevention Services and Programs for 41 counties in Southwest Georgia. The HPRC operates two Prevention Resource Centers in this region. 

 

Parent Training Network Development Program. Originally funded by the Ford Foundation, the HPRC implemented a community-based Parent Education Outreach Program with parents as group leaders. The network was continued and revised with funding through a contract with Georgia DHR. In the 21st century, HPRC works with local prevention programs and other youth servicing agencies to incorporate parenting education to enhance the effectiveness of their services. The director of HPRC, Dr. Mary Langley, co-authored a relationship-based parenting education curriculum, Finding Me, Parenting You, for single African-American parents that is used by several community-based organizations to provide parenting education to this hard to reach at risk population.

 

Past HPRC Projects:

Project Right CHOICES, an abstinence education project for 100 elementary school students in rural Clay County, funded through Office of Adolescent Pregnancy Programs. Clay County is a small rural county in West Central Georgia. This successful project ended March 15, 2003. Of the 140 students served over a five-year period, only one documented teenage pregnancy occurred. As of 2007, 85 percent of the students that actively participated in the program graduated from high school and made a successful transition into adulthood.

 

The West Central Georgia Practice Improvement Collaborative (WCGPIC) was created during a one-year (September 30, 1999 - September 29, 2000) developmental grant from the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT). The primary purpose of the WCGPIC was to improve Substance Abuse (SA) services in a 16-county region by increasing the number of programs that use evidence-based treatment modalities and promote and support relevant SA research in the West Central Georgia Region. The WCGPIC served as a communication vehicle that bridged the communication gap between researchers and providers. The HPRC was also awarded a three-year cooperative agreement from CSAT for WCGPRC to implement SA research activities. This successful initiative resulted in improving the quality of SA services in the region.

 

21st Century CHOICES, an abstinence education project for elementary school students in three rural counties (Clay, Quitman and Stewart), is funded through Office of Adolescent Pregnancy Programs. This was a five-year initiative (2002 - 2007) that recruited a cohort of 120 fourth grade students to receive educational and youth development services over a five-year period. Building on the successes of Project Right CHOICES, this longitudinal abstinence-only/youth development program maintained active involvement of 75 percent of the students. As of 2007, there were not documented pregnancies and/or school drop-outs.

 

The 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant provided after school education, prevention and recreational/cultural services for at risk youth and their families in three poor rural West Georgia counties. This five-year project (February 2002 - June 30, 2007) funded through a Department of Education (DOE) Block Grant to the Georgia DOE. This project subcontracted with local school systems increased academic performances of active students. One school was name a School of Excellence as a result of high academic achievement of its students.

 

The Compassion Capital Fund grant from the Administration of Children and Families (ACF) to build organizational capacity for community-based and faith-based organizations was funded for 17 months (September 30, 2005 - February 29, 2008). The grant was extended 12 months and ended February 28, 2009. The HPRC serves as an intermediary for over 30 organizations in four urban and eight rural counties to build organizational capacity to provide social services and/or programs for at risk youth with a focus on violence prevention. As a result of technical assistance and training by HPRC, several of the organizations submitted grant proposals and received over $1,000,000.00 from either private and/or government funding to expand their services and organizational capacity.

 

The 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant in Lamar County provides after school education, prevention and recreational/cultural services for at risk youth and their families in this small quasi-rural community. This five-year project (July 1, 2006 - June 30, 2011) was funded through a DOE Block Grant to the Georgia DOE.

 

Building Resilient Youth: A Multidisciplinary Approach (BRY-AMA), a $1,000,000.00 grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency, was a two-year project (October 1, 2007 - September 30, 2009) that built on the experience and expertise in helping faith-based and community-based organizations build capacity to provide prevention services to youth in their local communities. Each of the community organizations received more than $140,000 over the 24 month period to implement the model. HPRC served as the intermediary to help five community-based organizations in both urban and rural counties (Clayton, Dougherty, Lamar, Jasper, and Marion). The proposed model advanced juvenile justice and delinquency services in metropolitan and rural communities with few resources. The model also empowered the communities to build long-lasting infrastructure, reliant only to the linkages formed. It taught communities how to become resourceful in developing linkages.

 

HPRC Leadership
Mary Langley, Ph.D., M.P.H., RN, ICPS, Director, is administratively and fiscally responsible for all aspects of HPRC. Dr. Langley is an experienced administrator and trainer. She is certified in prevention professional. Dr. Langley has developed many innovative prevention-training models for community-based prevention providers in both urban and rural areas. She has many years of experience working with the faith community, has been a leader in recruiting and is an experienced grant writer. Dr. Langley has been instrumental in establishing and obtaining funding for prevention programs in faith/community-based settings.

 

Sarah Laster, B.S., ICPS, Associate Director, is responsible developing and monitoring budgets and coordinating the daily operations of HPRC. Ms. Laster is a certified trainer with expertise in program development and evaluation.

 

Alice Jackson, BS, ICPS, Program Manager, is responsible for the daily oversight of the three program sites.

 

Debera Ayers, B.S., CPS, Program Manager, is responsible for the API (Alcohol Prevention Initiative) of the Georgia Strategic Prevention System.