The Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (CHPDP), along with its existing local, regional, national and international partnerships, serves as a model U.S. health program. The Center staff members are dedicated to prevention, health promotion and wellness, as well as the identification of positive changes in behavior and health for the citizens of our community. The CHPDP implements evidence-based initiatives with the goal of improving the health of the children and adults we serve. We monitor and evaluate all of our programs to determine project impact. Our dedicated staff has authored and co-authored along with the Highmark Foundation several comprehensive publications and journal articles to report on our program outcomes.
Our Latest Publications
Using Literature to Promote Cultural Competence: A Bullying Prevention Companion Bibliography, Vol 2. written by Nancy Mullin M.Ed. is for anyone who works with students, especially classroom teachers, bullying prevention trainers, and youth group workers. It includes over 200 listings of student literature, a “how to guide” for using the bibliography and selecting student resources, a sections of adult resources and more. It is the go to resource for helping students learn, through literature, how to become culturally competent adults who value and respect others. Used in conjunction with “A Bullying Prevention Companion Bibliography, Vol 1” also written by Nancy Mullin these resources provide a wealth of useful information.
Companion Bibliography – The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program Companion Bibliography recommended reads for students and resources for educators and parents. Designed for use by classroom teachers and school personnel to facilitate academic connections with bullying prevention themes.
A Public Health Approach to Bullying Prevention – Published by the American Public Health Association is a practical guidebook that presents strategies on how to address bullying behavior, using a public health approach. Written as a resource for educators, pediatricians, legislators, and community members, the book highlights decades of evidence-based, bullying prevention research.
The Role of a Health Care Foundation in a Statewide Bullying Prevention Initiative – Through unprecedented support from a health care foundation, a unique opportunity to bring bullying prevention programs to school buildings in western and central PA was created and achieved impressive outcomes.
Platforms Document – For the last several years, the CHPDP has been at the forefront of efforts to integrate health promotion and disease prevention activities in schools and communities both nationally and internationally. This report details the activities of our staff of medical, public health and education professionals, the results of our work as well as services we can provide to other organizations who are looking to improve the health of their schools and communities.
Cost Benefit Analysis – Prepared by the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at the Windber Research Institute, The Cost Benefit of Bulling is an outgrowth of the Highmark Foundation’s ongoing bullying prevention initiative. It looks at the financial impact that could be anticipated based on the expansion of the Highmark Foundation-funded implementation of the evidence-based OBPP over a three-year period and in the 49 Pennsylvania counties it serves.
Bullying Prevention – A Statewide Initiative That Works – This study, issued in November 2009, features three years of data on the implementation of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program in Pennsylvania schools.
Bullying Prevention – The Impact on Pennsylvania School Children – This is the second formal report on the Highmark Foundation’s bullying prevention initiative which the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention was a signature partner. This initiative continues to be the largest implementation of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program in the country.