Important Updates from EPIS!

Resources for Coping with COVID 19

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New Video Based Training Series Provides an Overview of Primary Prevention and School Staff Can Earn Act 48 Credits!

This five part video-based training series provides a convenient avenue for school and human services staff to gain a deeper understanding of the role that Primary Prevention can play in addressing substance misuse, and also provides suppotive information for folks who are not sure how to handle situation where they encounter substance misuse in children or families.  One key focus of this training is the importance of removing shame and stigma from these common issues so that students and families are more likely to seek help when they need it! 

Final Report from the Pennsylvania Results First Initiative

A new report from PCCD and PRC, with technical support from the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative, examines the expected return on investment of the programs supported by PCCD’s Violence and Delinquency Prevention Programs Initiative; it confirms the success of these ongoing efforts and identifies challenges to the state’s continued use of evidence-based policymaking.

Date: July 12, 2019

Pennsylvania Cross Systems Prevention Workgroup (CSPW) 

With broad representation from state-level policy makers, county leadership, local human services providers and coalitions, the Cross Systems’ Prevention Workgroup (CSPW) is exploring the need for a cross-agency, comprehensive, strategic prevention plan focused on preventing and reducing youth problem behaviors across the Commonwealth.

Date: December 1, 2018

The EPISCenter Assists with Pew-MacArthur "Results First" Initiative
The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) agreed to be part of a pilot of the Results First model, and the EPISCenter is assisting with implementation.  

Date: December 18, 2017

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Calculating Return on Investment for Evidence-Based Programs
You probably know that evidence-based programs improve lives, but did you know they also save money? Learn how to calculate estimated financial savings for your program implementation with this simple How To guide from the EPISCenter. 
Date: March 10, 2017

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The EPISCenter's Work with DDAP featured in Prevention Fellowship Program Newsletter
An enthusiastic update on the work being done by the EPISCenter and DDAP to develop a comprehensive risk-focused substance abuse prevention needs assessment planning process for SCAs in Pennsylvania.
Date: February 27, 2017

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The EPISCenter Presents at Town Hall Meeting on Opioid Abuse Prevention 
Dr. Stephanie Bradley was among the presenters at a town hall meeting on the opioid epidemic. This article on the event appeared in the Lock Haven Express.
Date: October 11, 2016

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PCCD and the EPISCenter Win NCJA Outstanding Criminal Justice Program Award 
The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency and the Evidence-based Prevention and Intervention Support Center at the Pennsylvania State University recently received an award from the National Criminal Justice Association for criminal justice programming.
Date: August 22, 2014

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Prevention Research Center receives $1.4 million mindfulness research grant
Teaching adolescents mindfulness practices that may strengthen their attention, executive function and emotion regulation skills, and in turn improve their academic and social functioning is the focus of a new grant received by the Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center at Penn State from the Institute on Education Sciences.
Date: July 9, 2014

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One Cambria Co. Organization Hopes to...

One Cambria County group is hoping to team up with surrounding areas to help the youth stay away from drugs and alcohol while ensuring they are on the path to success. 
Date: July 2, 2014


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Researchers win awards at Society for Prevention Research 2014 Annual Meeting
Brian Bumbarger, assistant director for knowledge translation and dissemination in the Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center and founding director of the EPISCenter, won the Translational Science Award, given to an individual or a team of individuals in recognition of contributions to the field of prevention science in the area of Type 1 or Type 2 translational research.
Date: June 9, 2014


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Communities That Care Session Planned
Sandy Hinkle from Penn State EPISCenter will hold a key leader orientation to present the Communities That Care process to local leaders from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday in Courtroom 1 of the Cambria County Courthouse in Ebensburg.
Date: Feb 19, 2014