REACH Evaluation specializes in delivering a product that is both substantive and practical. A few of our current projects are described below.
KENTUCKY OPIOID RESPONSE EFFORT (KORE)
REACH is working with the Kentucky Department of Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities (DBHDID) and other stakeholders to create a conceptual model for the prevention components of a two-year SOR grant related to the curricula that address risk and protective factors, and the components that expand and enhance the capacity of the prevention staff.
berea college promise neighborhood
REACH is working with staff and management at Berea College to create a system that provides easier data entry, more useful reports, and an underlying data structure that will improve the evaluation of the Promise Neighborhood programs. The purpose of the Berea College Promise Neighborhood is to significantly improve the educational and developmental outcomes of children and youth in three of Kentucky’s poorest and most distressed counties (Clay, Jackson and Owsley).
kentucky AWARE (advancing wellness and resilience in education)
REACH is the evaluator for the Kentucky AWARE (Kentucky Department of Education - SEA program), a 5-year grant project funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The project activities are designed to increase student access to behavioral health services and train school personnel and other adults interacting with youth to detect and respond to mental health needs.
KENTUCKY INCENTIVES FOR PREVENTION(KIP)SURVEY
REACH EVALUATION is responsible for the administration, scoring, and dissemination of results for the KIP survey, Kentucky’s largest source of data related to student use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs (ATOD), as well as a number of factors related to potential substance abuse. In 2018, over 128,000 students representing 151 school districts completed the survey. KIP Survey data is an invaluable substance abuse prevention tool for participating communities. Visit www.kipsurvey.com.
KENTUCKY STATE EPIDEMIOLOGICAL OUTCOMES WORKGROUP (SEOW)
REACH EVALUATION provides staff support to Kentucky’s SEOW, an interagency, interdisciplinary workgroup of researchers and agency leaders that works to address substance use and suicide prevention at the state level. The SEOW brings together data scientists, researchers, policy makers, and preventionists to ensure that prevention work in Kentucky is grounded in data. The SEOW’s work follows the public health model as outlined by SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF). See Related Work.
CHI Saint joseph health VIOLENCE PREVENTION initiative
With funding from Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) and leadership from St. Joseph Berea and Flaget Memorial Hospital, community coalitions convene to create a shared vision for violence prevention. The initiatives support the implementation of the Green Dot and Safe School Ambassadors programs and violence prevention activities throughout the community.