Health Promotion Resource Center

The mission of the Health Promotion Resource Center is to work independently and collaboratively to develop a comprehensive network of culturally competent programs and services to empower and promote the development of healthy families.  HPRC receives local and federal funds to promote prevention of social and behavioral factors that contribute to negative life outcomes, e.g., teen pregnancy, youth and young adult substance abuse, HIV and Hepatitis.  Programs are implemented with partnerships in metropolitan, micropolitan and rural communities.

Organizational Experience, Capacity and Available Resources

The HPRC has established partnerships with local and statewide organizations to develop educational, youth development, violence/gang prevention and health promotion programs for minority and low-income populations throughout Georgia. These relationships focus primarily on the following:

  • Establishing a statewide planning and governance board to develop concrete strategies that will forge community organization and development efforts implemented within African-American and poor communities statewide;

  • Establishing advocacy partnerships with voluntary associations, state agencies/organizations to assure that effective health interventions are developed;

  • Working with state agencies/organizations to provide ongoing training, technical assistance, consultation and resources;

  • Building infrastructure capacity of faith-based and community organizations through training, technical assistance and funding to provide prevention and social services to at risk populations. As result of these initiatives, HPRC has become a successful intermediary and change agent in the field of community development, prevention and health promotion in the 21st century

Current HPRC Projects

In 2018 the Office of Adolescent Health awarded $1.25 million dollars for a new and innovative strategies to Prevent Teenage Pregnancy and Promote Healthy Adolescence.  The Project titled PASS Connection will focus on youth in Carrolton County.

Also, in 2018, the Administration for Family and Children awarded $1.33 million dollars for a sexual risk avoidance project called POWeR.  Project POWeR will focus on youth in DeKalb County.

In 2015, HPRC was awarded a five-year grant for $6.25 million dollars from the Office of Adolescent Health to promote Teenage Pregnancy Prevention in several rural and micropolitan communities.  Rural and micropolitan communities are often resource deficient and do not have the capacity (i.e., leadership, collaboration, knowledge, structure or funds) to provide prevention programs and services to address teen pregnancy, HIV, STIs and other risky behaviors resulting in negative life outcomes for youth and their families. The MSM-TPPI staff works collaboratively with partners in each of the target communities to enhance existing programs and services available for youth and their parents.  

HPRC is also working collaboratively with the Department of Public Health and community-based organizations on a five-year grant funded in 2015 by SAMHSA for $1.4 million dollars.  The HIV Capacity Building Initiatives promotes prevention of substance abuse, HIV and Hepatitis.  This grant targets the youth and young adults ages 13-24, in five rural and micropolitan communities, providing information dissemination, HIV and Hepatitis testing.

HPRC Leadership

Mary Langley, Ph.D., M.P.H., RN, ICPS, Director, is administratively and fiscally responsible for all aspects of HPRC. Dr. Langley is an experienced administrator and trainer. She is certified in prevention professional. Dr. Langley has developed many innovative prevention-training models for community-based prevention providers in both urban and rural areas. She has many years of experience working with the faith community, has been a leader in recruiting and is an experienced grant writer. Dr. Langley has been instrumental in establishing and obtaining funding for prevention programs in faith/community-based settings.

Sarah Laster, B.S., ICPS, Associate Director, is responsible developing and monitoring budgets and coordinating the daily operations of HPRC. Ms. Laster is a certified trainer with expertise in program development and evaluation.

Debera Ayers, B.S., ICPS, Program Manager, is responsible for the API (Alcohol Substance Abuse Prevention Initiative) of the Georgia Strategic Prevention System.

Alice Jackson, BS, ICPS, Program Coordinator, is responsible for the daily oversight of the Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Projects.

Patt Newbill, BA, PA, Grant Coordinator and Administrative Assistant III is responsible for the HIV Capacity Building Initiative, monitoring budgets and supports daily operations of HPRC.