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.
Clarkston, GA has been called the most ethnically diverse square mile in America. Over the past 29 years, this small city has been the first home for over 40,000 refugees and continues to welcome more groups including Afghan newcomers who have been impacted by the recent political turmoil in their home country. The resettlement efforts in the city focus on creating an environment that is safe, welcoming, and resourceful for newcomers.
The Prevention Research Center (PRC) partners with community organizations, the state and local government, and other local partners who all work to improve the health and well-being of the refugee, immigrant and migrant population of Clarkston. The organizations create culturally and linguistically appropriate material to increase access to health and drive community engagement in public health programs.
The PRC was formed with a 5-year grant from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Recently, the PRC received a $500,000 CDC grant to increase COVID-19 vaccine intake in the city. This is one of the many public health projects the PRC is involved in and there are hopes for more in the future. The work that the PRC and its partners perform in Clarkston is aimed at addressing social and health challenges faced by the refugee, immigrant, and migrant community. This work fills a gap that not only has a positive impact on individual health but also increases the well-being of the community at large.
Clarkston’s refugee, immigrant, and migrant community is filled with stories of restored dreams, aspirations and goals. The city is more than a first landing point for the refugee population, it is a place where individuals feel safe to start over. The advocacy work carried out by local organizations reignites their hope for a better life. For many, the city is their safe haven and a place they will forever call home no matter where they end up around the nation or world. The PRC is proud to be a part of resettlement and improved public health.