Prevention Research Center launches Prevention Extension Cast

The Colorado State University Prevention Research Center, in partnership with Colorado State University Extension, has launched the Prevention Extension Cast, a monthly webinar featuring interviews with nationally recognized experts on current issues in the fields of prevention science and public health. 

This collaboration and the implementation of the online broadcast will increase Extension professionals’ awareness of the Prevention Research Center, part of CSU’s Department of Human Development and Family Studies, as a resource for prevention science and public health programs. 

The Prevention Research Center conducts research and implements programs in several areas aligned with the mission of CSU Extension. Current research focus areas include promoting behavioral health across the lifespan, supporting family resilience, and strengthening community services and systems. 

The development and implementation of these webinars will allow the Prevention Research Center to better communicate with Extension professionals on evidence-based interventions. 

These opportunities may lead to new, innovative programming efforts across the state of Colorado and perhaps, from discussions during and in response to these online trainings, CSU Extension professionals may collaborate on a new USDA/NIFA Children, Youth, and Families At-Risk proposal with the Prevention Research Center.

Nathanial Riggs, director of the Prevention Research Center and Christine Fruhuaf, director of Human Development and Family Studies Extension, collaborated with CSU Extension professionals across the state to develop three online prevention science webinars.

Extension professionals from diverse Colorado regions were asked about prevention science topics of greatest interest and need within their community. These topics will include training on both general prevention science theory and practice, as well as training related to health behavior outcomes of specific interest to Extensions professionals. 

First Episode

Extension agents selected the topic of youth vaping as the inaugural topic of the Prevention Extension Cast. 

During the webinar, Riggs moderated a 45-minute discussion on Youth Vaping with Adam Leventhal, professor of Preventative Medicine at the University of Southern California. 

Leventhal discussed current trends in youth vaping, the risk and protective factors associated with youth vaping, the recent spike in serious vaping-related illnesses and deaths, evidence-based approaches to preventing youth vaping, and the approaches and resources to help youth quit vaping.

Upcoming Casts

The next Prevention Extension Cast will be scheduled soon. Please check the Prevention Research Center for updates.

If you are intersted in collaborating please contact the Prevention Research Center at or 970-491-2684.

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies is part of CSU’s College of Health and Human Sciences.