The mission of PIRE’s Calverton Center is to advance knowledge about alcohol,
drugs, and traffic safety policies and their implications; develop and evaluate
implementation strategies for effective policies; and provide science-based
public health solutions to address public health concerns through the promotion
of environmental prevention practices, proven enforcement approaches, and
state-of-the-art evaluation services, especially for programs related to
high-risk and underserved populations.
PIRE’s Calverton Center has personnel in Calverton, Maryland; Felton and San
Diego, California; Shepherdstown, West Virginia; and in other parts of the
country as well. The Calverton Center blends staff expertise in legal and
enforcement issues, policy, and advocacy skills with substantial research and
policy capabilities. This combined expertise creates a broad capability to
tackle large and complex research and then science-to-practice initiatives.
Calverton is the only PIRE Center with legal researchers on staff which broadens
social science and public policy analyses of real-world public health issues.
Currently, the Calverton Center houses several major projects: the technical
assistance provision to States engaged in the Center for Substance Abuse
Prevention's (CSAP) Strategic Prevention Framework-State Incentive Grants and
Epidemiological Workgroup Development; the Underage Drinking Enforcement
Training Center (UDETC); and the 2013 National Roadside Survey (NRS). Our
multi-dimensional expertise brings a critical perspective to the creation,
assessment, and implementation of policies designed to improve the health of
both U.S. citizens and citizens of the world.