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Our Successes

The WV Prevention Research Center applauds the accomplishments achieved by its' faculty and staff throughout the past years with our efforts in tobacco, obesity, metabolic diseases and diabetes, and clinic-community research and our partnerships formed. Listed below are some of our highlighted accomplishments in each respective category.


  • Developed the Not On Tobacco (N-O-T) teen smoking cessation program adopted by the American Lung Association. Research shows that N-O-T has reached over 300,000 US teens, has helped 20% quit smoking, and is the most widely used US teen quit smoking program.
  • Collaborated with the WV Bureau for Public Health to monitor and assess the effectiveness of WV's tobacco prevention and cessation efforts to ensure that they are founded in science, responsive to communities, and accountable to policymakers.
  • Coordinated the WV Adult Tobacco Survey, the most comprehensive source of information about WV smoking prevalence, behaviors, attitudes and beliefs of WV's adults. Provides evaluation oversight for all the WV Division of Tobacco Prevention-funded programs.
  • Participated with the Youth Empowerment Team which guides the development and implementations of youth programs. 

Obesity, Metabolism, and Diabetes (OMD)

  • Partnered with the Bureau for Public Health's Healthy Lifestyles Program (now Division of Health Promotion and Chronic Disease).
  • Established and sustained a research presentation series focused on obesity, metabolic diseases, diabetes, and related conditions from the basic, clinical, and population sciences perspectives.
  • Helped facilitate collaborations on projects related to OMD related to the PRC's involvement with the WV CTSI and other partners.
  • Coordinated two research summits focused on obesity projects and collaborations.
  • Collaborated with the WVCTSI leadership to develop internal funding mechanisms for obesity metabolic disease efforts.
  • Partnered with local health department and education on awarded research focused on physical activity and academics.

Practice-Based Research

  • Partnering with rural communities and health care providers to address cardiovascular disease risk; submitted a collaborative R01 (rHeART).
  • Conducted an NIH-funded project on Community Genomics.

WVCTSI Community Engagement and Outreach Core

  • Developed the WVCTSI Community Engagement and Outreach Core in partnership with the Injury Control Research Center (ICRC) and the NIH-funded Health Sciences and Technology Academy (HSTA).
  • Facilitated the development of WV's Practice Based Research Network, currently with an enrollment of over 70 participating sites.  
  • Assisted in the creation of a series of web-videos.