Through the Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Violence Prevention, EDC helps college and community leaders develop, implement, and evaluate programs and policies to reduce student problems related to alcohol and other drug use and interpersonal violence.
On World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10), the revised National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (NSSP) was released with the aid of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, of which EDC is secretariat. EDC’s Jerry Reed helped craft the new strategy.
The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) provides U.S. states, tribes, government agencies, private organizations, colleges and universities, suicide survivor groups, and mental health consumer groups with access to the science and experience that can support their efforts to develop programs, implement interventions, and promote policies to prevent suicide.
SPRC’s mission is to strengthen suicide prevention networks and advance the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. Toward that end, SPRC provides technical assistance and training, as well as a resource-rich website.
The Dental Therapist Project (DTP) seeks to improve the oral health of underserved children and families by establishing dental therapist providers as standard members of the dental health team in the United States.
In the 1990s, HHD, together with World Health Organization (WHO), developed the Rapid Assessment and Action Planning Process (RAAPP) for School Health, an approach and package of tools—research instruments, training strategies, data analysis, and action planning techniques—to assess and strengthen a country’s capacity to deliver school health programs. Since 1999, RAAPP has been used in Indonesia, Nigeria, and, most recently, in India.
dot-EDU was an information and communication technology (ICT) intervention mechanism for USAID Missions seeking to improve education systems in their respective countries. dot-EDU sought to assist developing countries in strengthening learning systems that improve quality, expand access, and enhance equity through carefully planned applications of digital and broadcast technologies. The dot-EDU mission had two foci. First, dot-EDU provided training and technical assistance to support USAID Missions in developing and implementing technology-assisted applications.
One powerful way to support people living with HIV and AIDS is to involve them in strategies that address misconceptions and support prevention. With that in mind, EDC created resource for Caribbean educators and networks of people living with HIV and AIDS.
A first-of-its-kind network in the Caribbean is uniting HIV and AIDS coordinators to use education to prevent HIV and AIDS, teach the public about how HIV is transmitted, and empower schools to be inclusive learning and working environments.
As military personnel return from Iraq and Afghanistan, health care professionals are providing treatment not only for their physical injuries but also for psychological trauma. Employing face-to-face training and video and Web-based materials, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), working with EDC, has trained 900 clinicians to use Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), an intensive immersion method for treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Larry Lewis rarely appears in the limelight. Sometimes he gets written up in a local Michigan newspaper, but he certainly doesn’t seek it out. Ask him about his work, and he’ll tell you that the truly inspiring work is being done by his wife, who has been a clinician for as long as he’s been a community organizer. Try to steer him back to his work, and he names everyone on his team and describes them all as indispensable.
A promising new treatment for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) will be used nationally, thanks to an EDC team that collaborated with researchers from the U.S. Veterans Administration on a program to train mental health clinicians in its use.