CCPE (Community Capacity for Prevention and Education) is a federally funded grant based out of Monroe County, Indiana. Our objective is to provide education and prevention for HIV and substance abuse to residents ages 13-24. We offer free HIV testing as well as evidence based practices (Say It Straight and CTR) to communities and organizations within our county.
As part of this SAMHSA grant, our objective is to provide 1,400 people ages 13-24 with their HIV status within the next 5 years.
Evidence Based Practices
Say It Straight: 4.5-8 hour workshop that teaches youth and young adults positive communication skills, boundaries, and how to say no under pressure.
Counseling, Testing, Referral to Treatment (CTR) + HIV Rapid Test: 30-45 minutes by oral swab – no blood work required! – paired with one-on-one brief counseling to offer support and discuss risk factors associated with HIV.
Matthew Clay, Program Manager
Hometown: Douglasville, Georgia
Education: MS in Educational Psychology, Florida State University; BS in Psychology, The University of Georgia
Fun fact: Avid college football fan, Go Dawgs!
Why I like working with CCPE: I enjoy working on the CCPE project because it allows me to collaborate with outstanding members of the community, empower fellow Monroe County residents, and ultimately work towards making my new hometown, Monroe County, a better place.
Why I choose to be drug free: I have too many goals and aspirations to risk getting sidetracked with something potentially very dangerous.
Matt is one of about a dozen people in the United States who is a Master Trainer in Say It Straight.
Ashley Judge, Prevention Specialist
Hometown: Bloomington, IN
Education: B.A. in Mathematics, Indiana University, current MPH student with a concentration in Epidemiology at Indiana University.
Fun fact: I have a chihuahua named Turtle.
Why I like working with CCPE: I get to be in a variety of roles and learn about nonprofit work as well as being able to work with a fabulous team.
Why I choose to be drug free: I can’t take care of my two dogs, school work, and my professional development while being under the influence of drugs.
Audrey White, Outreach Specialist
Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
Education: B.S. in Public Health, Syracuse University, current MPH student with a concentration in Public Health Administration at Indiana University.
Fun fact: My car is named after lil ‘Sebastian from Parks and Recreation.
Why I like working with CCPE: I am surrounded by co-workers who are also very ambitious and passionate about helping others reduce their risk for HIV and substance abuse.
Why I choose to be drug free: I wouldn’t be able to focus on my goals to work in the healthcare field.
Sydney Whiteford, Prevention Specialist
Hometown: South Bend, Indiana
Education: B.A. in Psychology, (earning a certificate in Clinical Psychology) and minor in Public Health, expected 2018 from Indiana University.
Fun fact: One of her life goals is to own a Corgi.
Why I like working with CCPE: My future career goals are to become a licensed clinical psychologist and CCPE provides me with valuable clinical experience working with many different populations. I also enjoy educating people on sexual health as well as working to combat the growing opioid epidemic in Indiana.
Why I choose to be drug free: Due to my goal of becoming a licensed clinical psychologist, I want to set a good example for my future clients of how great life can be when you’re drug free!
Abigail Paul, Practicum Student
Hometown: Carmel, Indiana
Education: B.S.W. (Bachelors of Social Work) expected 2018 from Indiana University.
Fun fact: I have a bunny named Louis.
Why I like working with CCPE: I am fulfilling my field experience for my B.S.W. with CCPE because I am so passionate about prevention and education work. Within this organization we can impact so many people in southern Indiana to help set them up for success in their future.
Why I choose to be drug free: I stay drug free because I want to live a healthy and full life for the people that I love and care about.