Prevention Research Centers (PRC) are a network of academic research facilities in the United States that study how people and their communities can avoid or counter the risks for chronic illnesses. Through rigorous research, each center conducts at least one main project with an underserved population that has high rates of disease and disability. An initiative of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), PRCs are leaders at the scientific forefront of translating and implementing well-tested programs. Our mission is to develop, implement and evaluate culturally and linguistically appropriate interventions to address the disparities and determinants of health for residents of the Clarkston community.
The PRC at Georgia State, headquartered on the Clarkston Campus at Perimeter College, works with community organizations, state and local government, residents and other partners in Clarkston, Ga., to develop, implement and evaluate culturally and linguistically appropriate interventions to address the disparities and determinants of health for migrants and refugees and to disseminate this work at the community, states and national levels.
The core research project, conducted in partnership with the community, will address the health and well-being of migrant children by adapting SafeCare, an evidence-based parenting program. Researchers in the School of Public Health, College of Education & Human Development and Perimeter College, in collaboration with the Center for Community Engagement, will use SafeCare to conduct the first systematic effort in the nation to develop culturally and linguistically relevant care and interventions for migrant and refugee children to improve the parent-child relationship, alleviate parenting stress and boost children’s social and emotional health.
For the Community by the Community: Refuge Coffee and Just Bakery
Clarkston, Georgia, is home to thousands of refugees and immigrants who have settled in the region over the years. Organizations that help individuals and families resettle are at times thought of as solely providing social and health services. The efforts carried out by organizations in Clarkston offer a wide range of services and support to the refugee community in the city, including several that employ and train refugees. These enterprises provide refugees with opportunities for social and economic security. Just Bakery and Refuge Coffee are two non-profit organizations that not only provide refugee employees with economic security but allow refugees to make civic and economic contributions to their city.
Just Bakery is a non-profit committed to creating a more diverse, connected, and compassionate community for all. It partners with community members who resettled as refugees by providing paid job training, professional certification and work at a living wage. The bakery is not a brick-and-mortar store - its operations rely on online orders, deliveries, pop-up shops, and other events. Its employees are made up of immigrants and refugees who hold administrative and culinary positions. Just Bakery brings together the community and provides a support system for individuals looking to enter the workforce.
Refuge Coffee was founded by husband and wife, Kitti and Bill Murrary, who moved to Clarkston in 2013. They were inspired by the city's diversity and decided to create a venture to help create jobs for refugees. Refuge Coffee started in a refurbished 1986 Chevy delivery truck that was turned into a mobile coffee shop. It operated in an old gas station which was eventually converted into a beautiful coffee house due to growing interest and support from the local and broader community. The growing interest led to opening a second mobile coffee truck for services around Metro Atlanta. Along with serving as a coffee job, Refuge Coffee offers a one-year full-time training program for refugees that provides living wages, English classes, a business mentorship program and entrepreneur training.
The Clarkston community fosters a culture of support and unity that creates an environment where community business ventures prosper and grow. Community members continue to give back to their community and create opportunities to uplift one another. Just Bakery and Refuge Coffee are part of many Clarkston businesses that are created by the community for the community.