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Current IMPACT Lab Projects

Center for Rural Opioid Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery: Adaptation of Strengthening Families Program (SFP 10-14) for Opioids

This project aims to develop and disseminate training and technical assistance to rural communities throughout Washington State for prevention, treatment, and recovery from opioid misuse. This project will aim leverage our statewide Extension-based drug use prevention infrastructure, our expertise in providing training and technical assistance (TTA) for opioid treatment and recovery and our relationship with other SAMHSA TTA efforts to provide rural Washington communities with high quality TTA they need to combat the opioid epidemic. Additionally, this project will focus developing opioid-specific curriculum adaptations along with treatment and recovery resources to the evidence-based interventions, Strengthening Families Program (SFP) and Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR).

Children, Youth and Families At-Risk Sustainable Community Projects: Adaptation of Strengthening Families (SFP 10-14) for Legalized Marijuana Context

The IMPACT lab is conducting two adaptations to the Strengthening Families (SFP 10-14) program to increase SFP 10-14’s impact on marijuana use. This integrated, multi-component, intergenerational, systems-based approach to marijuana prevention will include the incorporation of the marijuana eCHECKUP TO GO program for both caregivers and youth. As part of the five-year project, investigators will conduct adaptations and program evaluations to determine and demonstrate adaptation effectiveness within the context of legalized marijuana for adults in Washington State.

Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative (CPWI) Evaluation

We are collaborating with the Washington State Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR) to conduct a statewide evaluation examining the effectiveness of community coalitions in reducing and preventing youth substance use.

Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative (CPWI) Prevention Fellowship Program

In partnership with the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, the WSU IMPACT Lab helped to create and continues to help implement the CPWI Prevention Fellowship Program throughout Washington State. The goal of the program is to expand the field of substance use disorder prevention and build capacity in Washington State communities that could benefit from the Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative.

Creating Connection to Values and Purpose

Over the next several years, we will train WSU faculty to implement experiential teaching pedagogies and brief evidence-based behavioral interventions that have been shown to increase student success. Using implementation and dissemination research approaches from prevention science, the goals of the project are to increase student resilience, retention and academic success by increasing their sense of purpose, their belief that they can succeed, their connection to the university and to important adults, and their academic and life skills.

First Years Away From Home: A Randomized Controlled Trial

As part of an overall initiative to support a smooth transition to college for WSU families, our parent handbook project is a randomized control trial to test the efficacy of Letting Go and Staying Connected, our WSU interactive handbook.

Spanish-language adaptation of the First Years Away From Home parent handbook

By following the ADAPT-ITT sequence, the IMPACT lab, PEARL lab, and CAHNRS communications is informatively and appropriately tailoring the First Years Away From Home parent handbook content to Latinx, first-generation families. This initiative is a response to preliminary implementation data, where lower rates of engagement with handbook material are detected among ethnic minority parents that did not attend college themselves.

Northwest Prevention Technology Transfer Center (NW PTTC)

In collaboration with the University of Washington and University of Nevada, the IMPACT Lab and the NW PTTC project aim to serve as the primary training and technical assistance (TTA) resource to Region 10 (Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Alaska) prevention practitioners.

Sustaining Prevention of Youth Substance Use Prevention

In this mixed method study, we explore the community, organizational, and program factors associated with the sustainment of the Strengthening Families Program for Parents and Adolescents 10-14 in a sample of communities across Washington State.

Strengthening Families Program (SFP) for Parents and Adolescents 10-14 Evaluation

Our lab conducts regular evaluation activities of SFP 10-14 to assess the implementation, reach, and effectiveness of this program both in Washington State overall and within individual communities state-wide.

Youth Advocates for Health (YA4-H!)

In partnership with 4-H and the Walmart Foundation, the WSU IMPACT lab will implement 4-H Healthy Habits within eight Washington State counties. 4-H Healthy Habits aims to help youth develop and maintain healthy behavior and habits and in doing so, emphasizes nutrition and food preparation skills, physical activity and social-emotional wellness. The program is delivered by Teen Healthy Living ambassadors, each of whom develop leadership skills as youth develop healthy habits. The WSU team will be assisting with program implementation, adaptation and evaluation within Washington State.