Current Projects

Past Projects

Current Projects

The Green Dot Strategy Project

Teenagers are experiencing dating and sexual violence, stalking, and bullying at alarming rates in our high schools. This program incorporates into its training a teaching tool that includes group and individual activities, team competitions, workbook activities, group discussions, and game playing. Instructors learn about working with school systems and incorporating parents, teachers, coaches, and other important influential figures in the high school setting. So what does a Green Dot look like? A Green Dot is any action, choice, or behavior that promotes safety for everyone and communicates intolerance for power based personal violence in our schools and community. Green Dots can be Reactive or Proactive! Reactive Green Dots are the choices you make in response to a situation that you think might be high risk. It could be speaking up for someone being bullied, walking a friend home to make sure they make it their safely, talking to a friend you may suspect is in an abusive relationship, or calling the police if the violence is out of hand. Proactive Green Dots are things we can do ahead of time before we ever see violence first hand. By initiating Proactive Green Dots we will establish two cultural norms: that 1) violence will not be tolerated and 2) everyone is expected to do his or her part in making our schools and communities safe. No matter what your commitment, big or small, with enough Green Dots eventually they will all add up to something bigger and violence rates will come down!

The Real Project

The Real Project is an on-going initiative sponsored by the National Social Norms Center at Michigan State University and one of FSU’s alcohol abuse prevention programs. The University and its campus/community partners have developed a model of integrated strategies (individual, campus-based and community based) which are designed to create and support a low-risk environment. Since 2002, the Real Project, a social norms initiative, has proven its ability to promote positive norms, reduce harmful misperceptions, and increase protective behaviors to reduce alcohol related harm. The FSU social norms initiative utilizes data collected from undergraduates to promote student alcohol norms through campus media that promotes healthy behaviors and accurately reflects alcohol norms among the student population.

Department of Elder Affairs

The DOEA website is to provide training for assessors or case managers who need the knowledge to properly conduct a face to face comprehensive health and functional status assessment of an elderly person or person with disabilities, and to document the findings by completing each section of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs’ 701B Comprehensive Assessment Form. The website provides 16 modules of information and culminates in a final exam which must be passed before the assessor or case manager can conduct an assessment on behalf of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs.

Responsible Retailing Forum

The Responsible Retailing (RR) Forum, jointly conducted by Florida Center for Prevention Research (FCPR), Florida State University and the Heller Graduate School, Brandeis University, is intended to
- Identify and promulgate best practices for responsible retailing, and
- Engage diverse stakeholders, public and private, in examinations of RR policies.

CARE (Chemical Addiction Recovery Effort, Inc) - The Calhoun Middle School Social Norms Project

The focus of the Social Norms campaign is to change misperceptions among middle schools students about the prevalence of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug (ATOD) use by their peers. FCPR uses the Teen Norms Middle School census survey, developed by Northern Illinois University to collect data about actual student behaviors. Then once the real data is collected, the statistics are presented in print graphics which are placed around each middle school.

Past Projects

Red Ribbon Certified Schools

The Florida Center for Prevention Research will design and develop a web based informational system to support Red Ribbon Certification and administration, and provide support services (hosting, maintenance, technical assistance).

The Red Ribbon Certified Schools Web Site, along with the ideals of the Red Ribbon Certified Schools program, provides an information solution to the need for a comprehensive communications structure for Red Ribbon related facts, activities, and certification.

Quit Smoking Program

Quit Smoking NOW (QSN) is a 6-session smoking cessation program developed by ex-smokers for those who want to become ex-smokers. Throughout the six sessions, a tobacco treatment specialist (TTS) works with participants in a supportive group setting to facilitate the cessation process by providing the information and tools needed to become tobacco free. QSN also offers access to nicotine replacement therapies (NRT) such as patches, gum and lozenges, to help manage withdrawal symptoms.

This website also allows QSN participants to send an E-card to encouragers as well as receive text messages that motivate them to stay tobacco free.

This website is funded by the FSU College of Medicine Area Health Education Center (AHEC). QSN classes are provided in Tallahassee and the FSU Regional campus at Sarasota, Florida. Contact Ms. Chenikka Usher at 645-9710 to enroll.

FSU Measure Up

FSU Measure Up is a social norms initiative. Our objective is to correct misconceptions about male students in regards to promiscuity and sexual violence.
FSU Measure Up is a project from The Florida Center for Prevention Research (FCPR) and is supported by funding from the Rape Prevention Education project provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through the Florida Department of Health (FDOH).
The contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official view of the US Department of Health and Human Services, the CDC, or FDOH.

Medicaid Reform Information, Training and Evaluation Program

The Florida Medicaid Reform Choice Counseling website is sponsored by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration and provides tri-lingual (English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole) information about the Florida Medicaid Reform Program.

The website provides a general information section as well as an FAQ section. Then the website provides a list and contact information for each county's (Broward and Duval) managed care organizations and a comparison chart of the flexible benefits eachorganization provides.

Finally, the website provides a table that shows all the hospitals affiliated with the managed care organizations.


Medicaid Reform Information, Training and Evaluation

Sponsored by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, the Medicaid Reform Information, Training, and Evaluation (MediRITE) Project is a multi-faceted effort to inform Medicaid providers, beneficiaries, and others interested people about Florida’s Medicaid Reform pilot program that will begin in Broward and Duval counties starting on July 1, 2006.

The information will be provided in an overview flyer and comparison chart, on a DVD, and in a tri-lingual website. This project will also train and certify the nation's first face-to-face and telephone Choice Counselors who will assist providers with questions and beneficiaries with the opportunity to enroll in a managed care organization that the beneficiary chooses.

Finally this project will evaluate the Choice Counseling enrollment process and beneficiary satisfaction with the Medicaid Reform Program as well as the training program for the Choice Counselors.

Reduce Underage Alcohol Abuse

Sponsored by the Federal Department of Education and in partnership with the North East Florida Education Consortium, FCPR is implementing a three prong initiative to reduce alcohol abuse in middle schools in seven counties.

It introduces the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA) approved model programs Too Good for Drugs (TGFD) and the National Registry of Effective Programs (N-REP) Guiding Good Choices (GGC) in the middle school levels, combined with a Social Norms Marketing Campaign (SNMC).

The web site provides information for parents, students and school staff about the effects of alcohol, results of the project and "cool" facts.


The FL CURED program was created by the Florida legislature in 2004. Its purpose is to give voice to the research community and particularly to scientists, in the research policy arena at the state level; to convene key stakeholders to create dialogue and focus on core issues relating to expediting cures; and to focus on the biomedical discovery process emphasizing translational research and process improvements within the research enterprise.
The legislature assigned this program to the Florida Department of Health (DOH) to administer and also created the FL CURED Advisory Council, established in section 381.855, Florida Statutes-the council is charged with the task of submitting annual recommendations for legislative changes "necessary to foster a positive climate for biomedical research in this state." The recommendations of the Council are biased towards translational research and process improvements to Florida's research enterprise to advance the FL CURED mission.
In May 2009, the DOH contracted with the FSU College of Medicine (COM) to manage the FL CURED program. The FSU COM selected FCPR as the grant management service provider for the FL CURED Program which includes a website ( ), the hosting of the biomedical Summit and the annual Advisory Council meeting, as well as production of the FL CURED annual report for submission to the Florida Governor and legislature

Guiding Good Choices

Guiding Good Choices (GGC) (formerly known as Preparing for the Drug Free Years) is a program designed to teach parents skills that can help prevent drug and alcohol abuse in their families.

The primary goal of GGC is to increase family involvement that is rewarding and enhances parent-child bonds. The program is offered in a series of sessions, each designed to focus on one of five areas. The program begins with increasing parents’ knowledge of the risk factors associated with drug abuse. It then focuses on teaching parents the skills that help mitigate these risk factors, such as how to clearly communicate expectations for behavior, how to reduce family conflict, and how to encourage the expression of positive feelings and love. One of the sessions teaches both parents and children various ways to resist peer and social pressures to engage in inappropriate behavior.

Hospital Response Plan of Florida

Sponsored by the Florida Department of Health (DOH), Florida State University along with two partners, Health Strategies, Inc., and the Florida Hospital Assoc., are developing a statewide hospital response plan for burns, bombs, blasts and biological threats (B4).

We are further developing a statewide hospital response plan for chemical and radiological (CR) threats. Working in concert with the Catastrophic Incident Response Plan (CIRP) Committee and seven regional planning groups, a website has been developed to display planning progress and documents relating to B4 and CR threats.

Florida Substance Abuse Response Guide (SARG)

Sponsored for the Florida Department of Children and Families. The purpose of this contract is to develop a mini-grant application process to identify, fund and monitor new and established community anti-drug coalitions.

The primary role of FCPR is to create a process that shall target, select, fund, provide technical assistance and monitor agencies that are interested in establishing or maintaining a community anti-drug coalition.

Funeral and Cemetery Training, Training and Evaluation Program

This project provides for on line training and certification for state Funeral and Cemetery inspectors. The training provides for training in four modules with a comprehensive examination for certification.

The four modules relate to skills in areas of financial, communication, legislative and management. The comprehensive examination is taken on line at the completion of maneuvering through the four modules. Implementation of this program is handled through the Department of Financial Services.

Florida Youth Prevention Delegation

The Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association, the Department of Education; Safe and Drug Free Schools, and the Office of Drug Control collaborated to bring together 33 of Florida’s strongest leaders to create a statewide organization dedicated to addressing and tackling issues affecting Florida’s youth.

The mission of the FYPD (Florida Youth Prevention Delegation) is to redefine the social norms among youth through the implementation of substance-free activities and community involvement, as an active youth coalition dedicated to decreasing substance abuse in Florida.

Emergency Management Services

As a result of the tragedy at Virginia Tech on April 16, 2007 in which 33 students were killed and 15 others injured, Florida Governor Charlie Crist signed Executive Order 07-77 and established the Gubernatorial Task Force for University Campus Safety. Of the 30 recommendations for action by each college and university in Florida six of the recommendations are centered on developing and exercising their emergency management and crisis response plans. These recommendations included integrating and cooperating with local emergency response agencies as well as working with each campus' respective local Regional Domestic Security Task Force. The Emergency Management Services at the Florida Center for Prevention Research's objective is to provide a project team and a work scope for colleges and universities both in Florida and nationwide to develop and facilitate the necessary drills and exercises.

Florida Aviation / Aerospace Career Cluster Review

Sponsored by the Florida Department of Education (DOE), and Florida State University.

The goal of this project was to perform a review of the aviation and aerospace industry workforce standards at all entry levels and current workforce education and training curricular and articulation agreements to indentification gaps between industry needs and the capacity of Florida's education and training programs to meet those needs. Based on this review, FLACCR made recommendations to the FL DOE to create new curriculum and articulation agreements.

Florida Prevention System

A Vision for the Prevention Component of the Florida Drug Control Strategy.

The Florida Prevention System is a comprehensive approach for directing policy, establishing a solid resource base, sustaining collaborative partnerships, and developing a system for utilizing and evaluating a science-based approach to prevention throughout the state of Florida. The Florida Prevention System is based on the analysis of the alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use problems in Florida and strives to create a common vision and comprehensive system for prevention.