CORK database search
A new era.
ProjectCork.org has been formed to capitalize on the unique
and powerful capacity of the internet to secure information. The goal is
to provide immediate access to authoritative information and materials on
substance abuse, useful to health and human service professionals,
educators and their students, and those in public policy.
Project Cork was founded at Dartmouth Medical School in 1977, through a grant from the Operation Cork, an arm of the Kroc Foundation. Its mission was to develop a model alcohol curriculum that could be adapted and adopted by other medical schools nationally. The project was organized as a school-wide initiative, and was implemented in a step-wise fashion, beginning with the class that entered in 1978. For the details see Project Cork: A Case History in Curriculum Development. It sets forth the philosophy, the process used, the obstacles encountered, the changes introduced, and the effectiveness of different strategies. Publications by and about this effort are listed below, as well as the model curriculum developed. To provide consultation to the project and a real life laboratory for exploring what would be entailed in transplanting the curriculum elsewhere, a five school consortium was formed.- with a mix of educational institutions - large and small, public and private, old and new, racial/ethnic diversity, and regions of the country.
A unique body of experience and materials were developed by Project Cork.
At the completion of the initial project, the Joan B Kroc Foundation,
created the Project Cork Institute at Dartmouth Medical School to continue
serving as a national resource for efforts nationally. Efforts then
expanded beyond undergraduate medical education to included: issues on the
college campus, the creation of Weekend Program for assessment and
education for alcohol problems, and an international exchange with the
then Soviet Union.
Jean Kinney is the publisher of ProjectCork.org. She's been involved in the alcohol and substance abuse field for almost 30 years. Jean was the Co-Director of Project Cork and the Executive Director of the Project Cork Institute which was its sucessor, until it's closing in 1998. At that time she began working with the State of Vermont's Offic of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs. In addition to her work in medical education, she has been involved in alcohol counselor training and in clinical programs. Jean has authored three books: Loosening the Grip: A Handbook of Alcohol Information, now in its 7th edition, and which grew out of the alcohol counselor training program; A Clinical Manual of Substance Abuse, directed to primary care providers which was on outgrowth of the Cork education efforts; and Understanding Alcohol for the general public. The latter is no lnger in print and may re-appear in a new improved version on this site. Jean has received a number of honors. Understanding Alcohol was selected by the American Medical Writers Association as the #2 Book of Year when it was published, and Clinical Manual of Substance Abuse named as the Bookof the Year by the American Nursing Association. In 1999, Jean was named as the the first recipient of the Senator Harold Hughes Award, bestowed by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Senator Hughes was the major force behind the creation of the National Institutes on Alcohol and Drug Abuse. The Hughes award is to recognize the individual who had made a substantial contribution in efforts to transfor clinical research into practice. ProjectCork.org is very much in keeping with that tradition. Jean Kinney is a member of the faculty of Dartmouth Medical School, in the Department of Community and Family Medicine.