2010 Personnel Support Grants
Effectively Disseminating Prescription Drug Abuse Information Through a Partnership with Extension
The OSU College of Pharmacy established the Generation Rx Initiative as a learning community of faculty, staff, and students working to develop prescription drug abuse (PDA) prevention materials/programs. Our OSU CARES project worked to deliver these resources to Ohio citizens in an efficient yet far-reaching manner. In this project, we provided the following: 1) release time support for 10 Extension Educators representing Ohio's 9 Extension Education and Research Areas (EERAs); 2) training for the Educators in the use of PDA educational resources; and, 3) support for the Educators as they disseminated the information in their base communities, collected data regarding knowledge gains and audience reach, and trained other Extension personnel in this material. The project was a great success, educating almost 2,000 citizens in 35 counties. We are working to publicize this collaboration model through national Extension conferences and publications, and we continue to seek opportunities to further this important work. See pharmacy.osu.edu/outreach/generation-rx/.
This grant was submitted by Nicole Cartwright Kwiek, Clinical Assistant Professor, Assistant Director for Educational Outreach, College of Pharmacy; Kenneth Martin, Chair and Associate Director, Programs, Department of Extension
Enhancing Community Capacity in Pike County
The Enhancing Community Capacity in Pike County Project was initiated to establish a community coalition in Pike County consisting of members of health and human service organizations, local businesses and the lay community to address health disparities. The result of this project is the development of the Pike Healthy Lifestyle Initiative (PHLI), a group of volunteers that include health care staff, dieticians, school administrators, nurses, local business leaders, and others from Waverly and the surrounding communities in Pike County. The goal of PHLI is to promote and improve the health of area residents by providing education and programs that encourage healthy lifestyles. The coalition has maintained a group of twenty members since its inception in October of 2010. They have worked closely with the Appalachia Community Cancer Network (ACCN) staff, OSU researchers, OSU Extension staff, and area businesses to assist with research projects like the “Sodabriety” project with Dr. Laureen Smith and the Choose It! Use It! program with OSU Extension in area schools. The group recently submitted an application for PHLI to receive non-profit status. A Diabetic Mini-Camp was held for area children with diabetes and their families. Before this grant was funded, many of the agencies that exist in Pike County did not pool resources to address issues like childhood obesity and lack of physical activity.
This grant was submitted by Electra Paskett, Professor and Associate Director of Population Sciences, OSU Medical Center, College of Public Health; Megan Higgins, Program Coordinator, Appalachia Community Cancer Network, OSU Comprehensive Cancer Center, College of Public Health; Mary Ellen Wewers, Professor and Community Engagement Director, Center for Clinical & Translational Science, College of Public Health; Jill Nolan, OSU Extension, College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences