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Key Concepts in Prevention
Introduction to Substance Abuse Prevention
This webinar will explore the foundational concepts and define the content and scope of substance use disorder prevention. A historical overview will be provided to understand how past strategies have progressed and continue to inform current prevention practices. The importance of substance use disorder prevention and its impact on individuals and communities will be highlighted. The webinar will conclude with a discussion about the future of substance use disorder prevention. The webinar will: define substance use disorder prevention; examine drug classifications; discuss the importance of substance use disorder prevention and its health and legal implications; and provide a historical prevention overview to understand how prevention has evolved into its current state and continues to progress for the future.
Substance Abuse Prevention Frameworks and Theories
Substance use disorder prevention is founded on proven theories and frameworks to inform its methodologies, strategies, and innovations. Join us for this webinar as we discuss those foundational substance use disorder prevention theories and frameworks that promote effective prevention efforts within various systems including Behavioral Health, Substance Abuse, Public Health, and Mental Health. The webinar will: discuss behavioral change theories and how they inform substance use disorder prevention; review models and frameworks that support prevention efforts; and identify key prevention strategies that can be implemented across systems.
Integrating Screening & Early Identification, Brief Motivational Interventions and Health Coaching into our Continuum of Services
The National Prevention Strategy has recognized screening and brief intervention (SBI) as an evidence-based practice for reducing substance use. Additionally, brief behavioral counseling, as well as health and wellness coaching using motivational interviewing (MI) techniques, have been shown to effectively help people change a wide range of high risk or unhealthy behaviors, and hence improve their overall well-being. The successful integration of SBI, motivational interviewing techniques, and health coaching requires systemic changes that prioritize and integrate screening and brief motivational counseling into various settings, including schools and community-based programs, in addition to all aspects of health care service provision. This shift is creating a demand for practitioners with expertise in motivating people to reduce risky behaviors like substance use, and to more actively engage in and manage their own health and wellness. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) calls on prevention programs to expand their capacity to prevent disease, detect it early, and manage conditions before they become severe. Implementation of the ACA provides an opportunity to align substance use prevention with larger prevention efforts that contribute to overall health and wellness. Participants in this 90 minute webinar will: Receive a brief overview of the National Prevention Strategy, and the anticipated impact of the ACA on current and future AOD prevention programming; Understand the seven (7) priorities of the ACA, and be able align and map prevention strategies onto broader wellness efforts; Examine case examples and identify key components to successful integration of the brief intervention/motivational interviewing model in various systems and settings, including: school, community, health care, and others.
Prevention Primer: A Guide for New AOD Prevention Professionals
Are you a new prevention coordinator, or new to a program implementing Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) funded initiatives? Not sure what some of the acronyms that you keep hearing mean? This Prevention Orientation webinar will provide an overview of prevention basics covering key concepts, models, and strategies for the prevention field.
Evidence Based Interventions – A New Paradigm for Selecting Prevention Strategies
What was the last prevention intervention you implemented? Think back to how that particular program or practice was selected in the first place. “I was just told this is what we would implement,” one said. Another reported “a neighboring county was doing it and it looked interesting.” Other comments included “the Executive Director heard about it at a conference, so now we’re trying to fund it here,” and “we’ve always done it like this.” These comments reflect many typical ways in which programs, practices, and initiatives take root in our communities. Most prevention providers now know to look for the evidence-based stamp-of-approval. But what does that really mean? This webinar will discuss the approach to finding interventions that are outcomes driven, and include a selection process that leads to interventions that are culturally relevant and more likely to be sustained.
Enhancing Community Wellness through the Creation of Sustainable Partnerships
Engaging ethnic and cultural-minority community-based organizations (CBOs) to enhance wellness and other protective factors within communities is required to reduce disparities across many sectors of health and wellness. Participants will explore the benefits and best practices for creating sustainable partnerships between CBOs and health care organizations in order to effectively and appropriately address mental health and other disparities in racial, ethnic, and cultural minority populations.
Cultural Competence and Responsiveness
Gender-Responsive, Trauma-Informed Services for Girls Involved in the Juvenile Justice System
According to the 2004 report Criminal Neglect: Substance Abuse, Juvenile Justice, and The Children Left Behind (CASA), girls who enter the juvenile justice system are up to 3 times likelier than their male counterparts to have been sexually abused, and 92% of girls in the California juvenile justice system reported experiencing one or more forms of physical, sexual, or emotional abuse. On this webinar, you’ll learn to identify the core principles of gender-responsive, trauma-informed services for girls and young women, and have the opportunity to access resources to incorporate and expand these services into current programming.
Cross-Cultural Considerations in Community-Based Prevention
This webinar will provide information about the importance of culture in community-based prevention campaigns, and will provide techniques for addressing cross-cultural issues. The training will include a discussion of cross-cultural issues, concepts, and experiences/lessons learned.
The Definition, Costs and Benefits of an Inclusive Organization
On this webinar, participants will develop knowledge of a framework on how to engage staff and leadership at all levels of their organization in their process of becoming more inclusive. Inclusiveness and diversity will be defined, and participants will also examine the costs of not addressing issues of inclusiveness in their organization.
Enhancing Sustainability through Capacity Building
This webinar highlights the importance of sustainability as a strategy for growth utilizing the eight capacity building factors. Sustainability is a core component in the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) and addresses how an effective organizational infrastructure that cultivates community and stakeholder involvement will support the institutionalization of prevention efforts in the community. Participants will learn how sustainability is connected to each step of the SPF and how to create a sustainability plan that will nourish prevention efforts into the future.
Program Sustainability, Growing Strong by Returning to Your Roots
As organizations face funding cuts and shrinking budgets, many are thinking about how to sustain the important work they do. When we think about sustainability, we often jump to quick “solutions” such as grant writing and fund development. While these methods are often effective at funding services, they will not and cannot sustain the work forever. In order for true sustainability to occur one needs to focus on continuing the benefits and outcomes that a particular program imparts on its participants. These benefits need to be set on a foundation of community interest, partnership and giving, and at the core there should be a dedicated belief in prevention.
Keys to Grant Research: Discover the Latest Tools, Resources and Opportunities for Substance Abuse Prevention Funding
With ongoing pressure to restore funding, many organizations are stepping up their requests to funders. Finding the right grant opportunities and knowing what to ask for will save you valuable time and resources. This webinar will assist you with identifying appropriate funding sources for your substance use disorder prevention work. Learn how to evaluate opportunities and find a better match between your programs and the abundance of funders, from local foundations to large government agencies. You will learn about where and how to look for funding opportunities, as well as tools for streamlining your searches and monitoring your progress.
Managing Industry Donations: A Primer and Discussion on How Planning and Organizational Policy Development Can Help
Like all organizations that provide social services, AOD prevention providers are living in an environment of scarce resources and shrinking budgets. Many organizations providing substance use disorder prevention services find themselves in a dilemma when deciding to accept or solicit support from a donor whose business or affiliations are (or can be perceived to be) in conflict with the organization’s mission. This webinar will discuss how to establish guidelines and policies to address this common fundraising dilemma.
Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF)
Kick-Off for Professional Core Competency Online Trainings
On this webinar, we will review the purpose of the Professional Competency online trainings, how they can support your work in the prevention field, and provide a sneak peek to one of the online presentations. These trainings are designed to provide the prevention field an opportunity to gain or expand their knowledge of the Strategic Prevention Framework, and this webinar will help participants effectively navigate this new series of trainings.
Professional Competency Series: Module 1 – Needs Assessment
In this webinar, we’ll explore the first module of the five-step process in the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF). This step is described by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Association (SAMHSA) as the point at which “communities are expected to assess population needs, including levels of substance abuse and related problems; available resources to support prevention efforts, and community readiness to address identified prevention problems or needs.” In this Needs Assessment module, we will: Explain the role of a community needs assessment in prevention planning; Identify relevant data sources; Compare and contrast various types of data sources; Determine when and how to collect data locally; Identify and define methods for analyzing and interpreting AOD data; Identify gaps and prioritize needs based on assessment of community conditions; Learn how to articulate your findings in the form of a problem statement.
Professional Competency Series: Module 2-Community Organizing and Capacity Building
On this webinar, we’ll explore the second module of the five-step process in the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF), Community Organizing and Capacity Building. SAMHSA notes that for successful implementation of the SPF “States and communities must have the capacity–that is, the resources and readiness–to support the prevention programs and practices they choose to address identified substance abuse problems after. This webinar will help you learn to identify community assets and challenges, assess the demographics in your community, and understand the community values that will drive prevention. In addition, participants will learn to: Determine and identify key stakeholders in your community by using both formal and informal methods; Effectively engage community leaders and other stakeholders in a collaborative prevention planning process in order to foster investment and authentic participation in the planning and implementation of prevention goals and strategies; Collect the appropriate information that will create a solid foundation for your community’s prevention plan and ensure that it is aligned with prevention theory.
Alliance for Change: Tools for Collaboration
Are you in a coalition or collaborative? Does your idea of partnership differ from your partners? Do you need a more or less structured group to make a difference? Effective alliances are an opportunity to achieve and sustain AOD prevention goals. Working together with traditional as well as innovative partners is a powerful tool when used effectively. An overview of the spectrum of linkages that occur across professional, public, and community sectors is presented, and will be examined in terms of these elements: leadership, decision making, communication, purpose and function, and structure. Tools for assessing linkage type (for planning or improvement purposes), and for optimizing the function of prevention alliances will also be presented.
Collaboration Between Health & Safety
This webinar tells the story and shares lessons learned through a unique public health and public safety collaboration. Participants will learn about Operation Tip the Scale, a San Diego County collaboration where prevention, treatment, and law enforcement professionals work together on common goals. Presenters will describe lessons learned from eleven multi-agency integrated sweeps that have occurred since the initiative began in 2009, and will identify measurable outcomes and ways effective collaboration strengthens communities.
Back to Basics: Effective Community Engagement
What happened to the strong community efforts of the 1970’s and the drug-free zone movements of the 1990’s? These events engaged and empowered community members to be responsible and accountable for each other, independent of outside services. With the current climate in the state today – massive budget cuts, combined with economic and social justice issues affecting neighborhoods throughout the state – it is imperative that we get Back to the Basics of Effective Community Engagement. Participants in this webinar will explore the basics of community engagement, which contrary to public belief is much different from community organizing and/or community building. Principles for strengthening, supporting, and building relationships to support and sustain a collective community vision will be discussed in detail.
Community Organizing Webinar
This webinar focuses on the neighborhood and local level to discuss how to bring forward the voice and concerns of residents of all ages and backgrounds to change and improve community conditions. It will review ways to engage people who are most affected by community problems, and then discuss ways to prepare and support residents in leadership, media, and advocacy.
Professional Competency Series: Module 3 – Planning
In this webinar, we will explore planning, the third module of the five-step Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF). Planning is an integral step in ensuring the implementation of a successful prevention strategy. SAMHSA notes, “Planning will increase the effectiveness of prevention efforts-by focusing energy, ensuring that staff and other stakeholders are working toward the same goals, and providing the means for assessing and adjusting programmatic direction, as needed.” This webinar will provide participants with an overview of: The role of logic models in program planning; Strategic planning to address community needs and desired outcomes; Identifying resources to sustain prevention efforts.
Introduction to Logic Models
Developing a clear and concise logic model for your prevention program is a core component of prevention planning. The logic model is the theory of change that demonstrates your relationships between the substance use disorder problems in your community, your selected strategies, and your expected outcomes. This webinar will provide you with information to help you: Explain the importance and use of logic models to prevention planning; integrate risk and protective factors into your logic model; develop measurable problem statements, goals, objectives, strategies, outcomes, and indicators.
SPF 101-Catch the Wave
Are you feeling left out because the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) wave rolled right by you? Do you ever feel like you’re just keeping your head above water in conversations about SPF, but you don’t want to let on that you could use a floatation device? A small group of professionals will review the SPF, provide key tips and strategies to inform the TA you are doing, and provide answers and resources relevant to your work. The objective of this webinar is to equip you with an understanding of key concepts, common county/client concerns, and DHCS’s priorities for the county SPF process.
Professional Competency Series: Module 4 – Implementation
In this webinar, we will explore the fourth module of the five-step Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF), Implementation. Careful thought and consideration is paramount in considering which prevention strategies will match community needs. According to SAMHSA, implementation is “where the rubber hits the road,” and where all of the previous data assessment and planning efforts take form into action. Building on the first three modules, this webinar will provide participants with an overview of: Ideas for selecting an appropriate prevention strategy; Understanding the difference between evidence, science-based; and research-based strategies; Ensuring fidelity and adaptation are considered for implementation.
Evidence Based Interventions – A New Paradigm for Selecting Prevention Strategies
What was the last prevention intervention you implemented? Think back to how that particular program or practice was selected in the first place. “I was just told this is what we would implement.”, “A neighboring county was doing it and it looked interesting.”, “The Executive Director heard about it at a conference, so now we’re trying to fund it here.”, or, “We’ve always done it like this.”. These are all typical ways in which programs, practices and initiatives take root in our communities. Most prevention providers now know to look for the evidence-based stamp-of-approval. But what does that really mean? This webinar will discuss the approach to finding interventions that are outcomes driven, and, that includes a selection process that leads to interventions that are culturally relevant and more likely to be sustained.
Making Prevention Happen
Increasingly, funders require the implementation of ‘Evidence-Based Strategies’ in prevention. This webinar will explore how organizations, coalitions, and communities can build pathways to identifying and selecting strategies that work. You will come away with a better appreciation for the art and science involved in implementing a successful prevention program, including how to use local data and experience to inform the selection of effective evidence-based or innovative strategies. In addition, you will learn to develop a logical “blueprint for prevention” to match existing efforts, community conditions, and data with effective evidence-based strategies.
Professional Competency Series: Module 5 – Evaluation
In this webinar we will explore evaluation- a vital component of the five-step Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF). Evaluation is essential to ensure your prevention efforts meet your goals and objectives. It allows you to plan your program, monitor prevention efforts, and make adjustments and improvements that will enhance your services. Evaluation results not only keep your prevention efforts on track, they can also be used to further your sustainability efforts. This webinar will provide participants with an overview of: The role and purpose of evaluation; Types of evaluation designs and strategies; Components of a useful evaluation plan; Strategies to disseminate your evaluation findings.
Adopting Core Substance Abuse Prevention Outcomes: The Critical Role of the CHKS
California youth are drinking too early, too often, and too much. According to the most recent California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) data, 46% of 9th graders tried alcohol before the age of 15; 11% of 9th graders reported drinking 3 or more days in the past 30 days; and14% of 9th graders reported binge drinking in the past 30 days. Decades of research demonstrate that youth who start drinking before age 15 are more likely to develop alcohol dependence, and youth who use alcohol weekly or engage in binge drinking are more likely to engage in other risky behaviors. This webinar will discuss how we can move the adoption and implementation of a core set of prevention outcomes forward and collectively make an impact. It will also provide an overview of CHKS survey findings at the state and county levels, and a summary of county substance use disorder prevention priorities and goals as they relate to the core outcomes.
Environmental Prevention and Public Policy
Culturally Competent Environmental Prevention
Environmental prevention efforts have been shown to be an effective practice in the reduction of youth substance abuse. However, there is limited knowledge about how to integrate culturally competent strategies into environmental prevention projects. This webinar provides a working definition of culturally appropriate environmental prevention and explores some key strategies for integrating cultural competence into environmental prevention. The webinar includes a review of evidence-based environmental prevention strategies and highlights ways that they can include best-practice cultural competence. This webinar is appropriate for county prevention coordinators and administrators, county-sponsored prevention providers, schools, communities and faith-based prevention providers.
Environmental Prevention 101: Covering the Basics Part I
Traditional prevention methods have been aimed at changing the behavior of individuals through education programs, positive skill building, and risk reduction so that youth will choose to be abstinent from using alcohol or other drugs. While these programs have demonstrated positive results, the impact is traditionally limited in scope to program participants only. This webinar is geared towards providing effective strategies for implementing youth-led environmental prevention strategies. It covers the theoretical foundation for using environmental prevention strategies and focuses on the distinctions between environmental and individual-based prevention.
Environmental Prevention 101: Covering the Basics Part II
This webinar will continue the discussion of the foundations of environmental prevention, provide tips and strategies for recruiting and retaining young people in prevention activities, and link the research with the practice (including the identification of current reports and studies providing the scientific support for the effectiveness of environmental prevention strategies).
Evaluating Environmental Strategies
Are you implementing an environmental prevention strategy and are not sure of the best method to use to assess your outcomes? This webinar will provide participants with an overview on how evaluation of environmental strategies differs from other evaluation efforts and some of the challenges that may be encountered along the way. Presenter Rodney Wambeam from the University of Wyoming will share with participants’ evaluation methods that can be used to assess the impact of their environmental prevention efforts.
The Power of Policy and Systems Change: Research to Practice
Policy and systems change is a way of thinking about how to improve overall health in a community by affecting or changing current policy and integrating systems to better serve people and communities. The learning objectives of this webinar are to: understand core components regarding public health prevention and policy/systems change as they relate to successful advocacy; Gain greater knowledge of a specific policy, system and environment (PSE) change framework to enhance your advocacy skill set; and Realize the key strategies to develop a successful advocacy plan.
Social Media in Substance Abuse Prevention – Indispensable Tools for Expanding Reach, Building Capacity and Influencing Norms
Social media is everywhere – on desktops, laptops, and mobile devices – connecting people. As prevention providers, trainers, and community consultants, what does it mean to apply social media to our work? This webinar will explore why social media is important to people in prevention, paying special attention to its use in substance use disorder prevention. It will also discuss how to determine whether social media is a good fit for your current scope of work and organizational goals. The webinar provides an overview of how others are using social media to customize their reach to target audiences, examines how to foster community change, defines how to build a presence, and explores how to raise awareness.
Resiliency 101: Inside Out Prevention
This webinar offers a fast-paced overview of three critical elements for understanding youth resiliency: theory, core principles, and resources for implementing resiliency-based strategies. It will provide an introduction to the topic of resiliency and serves as a stepping stone to more in-depth education on the subject matter. A synopsis of the cornerstone research and current brain development studies are presented, as well as a review of the shift from the medical model of risk to the resiliency model of strengths-based practices. Finally, applications for promoting youth resilience are recommended that will outline key elements to enhancing the ability of youth to connect with their capacity and overcome challenges. Discussion will focus on next steps and additional resources for expanding the resilience model in prevention. Target audience: those new to the concept of resilience; those seeking a “big picture” overview of the core elements of resilience.
Creating Healthy Connections for Youth At-Risk
This webinar session will focus on ways to identify youth at risk for gang involvement and explore what makes some youth more vulnerable than others to gang involvement. The webinar will also illuminate how service providers can entice youth to access anti-gang resources, and teach essential communication skills for youth service providers to effectively connect with youth at high risk for gang involvement.
Prevention: A Key to Permanency for Youth in Foster Care
One key issue facing youth who have been removed from their homes is known in the foster care community as a lack of “permanency.” In other words, these youth have been uprooted from their original home, and then continue to experience multiple and unpredictable changes in residence, school, daily routine, and relationships. These disruptions sometimes continue through their entire childhoods. This webinar examines linkages among child maltreatment and foster care, the effects of permanency and stability, the risk for substance abuse and other risky behaviors. The webinar also provides an overview of strategies for prevention and mitigation of these adverse effects. Providers will learn to be effective partners with youth in foster care as they transition into adulthood by helping them to establish and maintain behaviors and relationships representative of a healthy, fulfilled life.
Dealing with Difficult Issues: Crises and Opportunities Part I
Today’s youth face a myriad of family, personal, social, and survival troubles that can leave their futures – and their sense of connectedness in the community – hanging in the balance. For youth development and AOD prevention providers, times of crisis for youth are critical: the way you respond to a young person during such a time can carry great weight in his or her future and experience in your program. This training series goes beyond the basics of “active listening,” body language, and eye contact to focus on strategies for openly discussing difficult issues with young people. In Part I, we will explore the range of difficult issues which may arise, challenges for adults in these situations, program responsibilities in responding to them, the appropriate roles of program staff and volunteers, and some tips and tools for responding to these challenging situations. This session provides an important foundation for Part II of this series, and is also beneficial as a stand-alone webinar.
Dealing with Difficult Issues: Crises and Opportunities Part II
In Part II, we will begin to put the ideas and skills covered in Part I into practice. The role of our values in our responses to difficult issues that arise for youth will be explored, and we will generate clear and appropriate responses to requests for assistance from youth. Finally, we will explore strategies for empowering youth to come to their own healthy and constructive decisions. This session delivers the greatest impact when experienced in conjunction with Part I of the series, but can also be taken as a stand-alone webinar.
Serving Youth in Foster Care: Building Capacity Among Prevention Providers
This webinar is designed to enhance the ability of prevention staff who works with youth involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. It will provide the opportunity to: increase your understanding of the workings of the foster care system; learn about some particular needs and challenges which confront youth in out-of-home placement, their risk factors for substance abuse, and the particular consequences they face when they engage in risky behaviors; know the recent trends among foster care providers aimed at improving foster care services and outcomes for this population; identify some evidence-based service models available to programs that seek to provide prevention services to youth in foster care; and consider specific strategies prevention programs may utilize in order to work with these youth more effectively.
Youth Development Series
Mentoring 101: An Introduction to the Elements of Effective Practices
This webinar is to assist new staff by providing concrete tips and strategies for the design and implementation of youth mentoring programs, as well as a discussion of the written materials that are needed in order to develop a sound mentoring effort. The focus will be on the basics of creating a program by using mentoring’s “Effective Practices” which include recruitment, orientation, screening, training, matching, monitoring, closure, and evaluation.
Training Mentors, Mentees and Other Stake Holders
Mentoring is often a little harder than it looks. Offering effective training for mentors and mentees can make the difference between the success and failure of mentoring relationships. The support of other stakeholders, including parents and community partners, goes a long way to promote that success. This webinar will cover tips and ideas about the design and conduct of initial and ongoing training for these critical groups.
The Athlete Committed Project Model
The Athlete Committed Program provides support to athletes, coaches, and parents. This campaign urges athletes to renew their commitment to excellence which includes a commitment of personal responsibility, an acknowledgement of shared expectations, and sense of collective responsibility. The Athlete Committed program is designed to optimize athletic performance by educating athletes on the significance of nutrition, sleep, character, and chemical health.
The Committed Project Model
The Committed Program is a cutting edge youth-led environmental prevention program that addresses the most critical youth issues: underage drinking, youth access to alcohol, and bullying and harassment, as well as youth connectedness to their school and community. This award winning program can be implemented on school campuses through lunchtime meetings with youth coalition sub-committees, as part of after-school youth groups, or other settings. Through the implementation of the Committed Session Guide, Committed Chapters mobilize young people to address environmental factors that influence alcohol access and use within the community, and address key school climate issues.
Substance Abuse Prevention, Current Issues for the Field
2015-2016 Community Prevention Initiative (CPI) Kick Off
This webinar is to introduce the new Community Prevention Initiative (CPI) contract. It will include an overview of CPI’s accomplishments under the prior contract, priorities for the next project year, and DHCS’ priorities and future direction. Emerging and relevant Substance Use Disorder Prevention topics and issues will also be discussed.
California’s Prevention Community: Developing Recommendations for the White House Gun Violence Reduction Initiative
This webinar will be a working forum to develop recommendations to be submitted in response to the White House Gun Violence Reduction Initiative. Together, we will focus on two of the four executive action areas to identify opportunities to promote the role of prevention in schools and for youth and families: Making Schools Safer (#3) and Improving Mental Health Services (#4). As there are specific actions proposed for each of these areas, we will review opportunities to infuse prevention principles and practices in relevant and innovative ways. The objectives of this webinar are to (1) gain consensus on recommendations to be proposed by California, and (2) outline a plan for the necessary steps to refine those recommendations into a policy recommendation format.
Introduction to LCAP: Local Control Accountability Plan
Have you been looking for ways to encourage your local school districts to implement the California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS)? This webinar provides strategies to connect prevention goals to mandatory education planning activities. The Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) is a new requirement under the California Department of Education’s Local Control Funding Formula. Under the LCAP, each district must develop a plan that will address local and state priorities including student engagement, school climate, and parental involvement, three areas that can be evaluated by the California Healthy Kids Survey.
Marijuana Prevention in Action: Lessons from the Field
As data trends continue to show a reduction in perception of harm of marijuana use, counties across the state are investigating appropriate prevention strategies to impact the rise in youth marijuana use. This webinar will share the experiences of three organizations in Fresno and San Diego counties implementing marijuana prevention programs and strategies. Each panelist will provide an overview of their prevention effort, the outcomes of their activities, and lessons learned.
The goals of this webinar are to:
- Provide an overview of the current landscape of marijuana use in California as of (2/25/2015)
- Share examples of effective marijuana prevention strategies to prevent youth marijuana use
- Discuss opportunities to involve the community in marijuana prevention efforts
Disclaimer: The views and content expressed in this presentation are not necessarily endorsed by the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and the Center for Applied Research Solutions (CARS).
The 2013 Monitoring the Future Study found that there was a significant decline in perceived risk of harm of marijuana use and an increase of past month marijuana use by youth in 8th, 10th, and 12th grades. Trends like these have stimulated statewide mobilization efforts to identify and implement effective prevention strategies. The webinar will review marijuana and youth use, health risks and community impacts related to marijuana use, and examples of current marijuana prevention efforts.
Disclaimer: The views and content expressed in this presentation are not necessarily endorsed by the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and the Center for Applied Research Solutions (CARS).
Prescription Take Back Events & More: Comprehensive Approaches to Prescription Drug (Rx) Abuse
This webinar will share information about Prescription Drug (Rx) misuse and abuse, with a focus on what local communities can do to measure and understand the problem. In addition, the webinar will outline a comprehensive approach to the problem that can be customized to fit the needs of individual communities. The presentation will draw on national calls for action, as well as local community experience.
Prevention in Action: Community Approaches for the Prevention of Prescription Drug Abuse
In counties throughout the state there has been a sharp rise in prescription drug abuse, but communities struggle to identify best practices that can address this growing problem. This webinar highlights the approaches used to address prescription drug use in Contra Costa, Fresno, and Orange Counties including establishing a relationship with the Sheriff’s Coroner’s Division to gather data, establishing systems change, and engaging youth in community awareness. This webinar also provides an overview of how data was used to drive coalition building and community awareness efforts.
RxSafe Marin: Mobilizing a Community to Prevent Prescription Drug Misuse and Abuse
Like most California communities, Marin County is facing an epidemic of prescription drug misuse and abuse. In order to address this growing public health crisis, Marin County launched RxSafe Marin; a comprehensive three year initiative addressing the contributing factors of prescription drug abuse throughout the community. This webinar will provide an overview of the formation, structure, successes, and challenges that RxSafe Marin experienced in its first year. The webinar is meant to explore ideas for local action and identify potential allies and resources in our shared efforts to prevent prescription drug misuse and abuse. It will review the following: The recruitment and retention process of diverse partners that include law enforcement, schools, prescribers, pharmacists, policymakers; the data used to determine priorities; and the use of media.
Statewide Outcomes Data Collection Project
The strategic effort to collect statewide substance use disorder prevention outcomes in California is of ongoing importance. This webinar will orient you to the history and progress of this initiative, as well provide an overview the user-friendly data collection tool created for county reporting purposes. The transition to statewide collection of specific prevention impacts involves use of a standardized Excel tool that will make it simple to enter information, and, if desired, populate documents with the results. This webinar focuses only on county-level data extracted from the California Health Kids Survey report.
Download Companion Data Collection Tools: [Download All Files – 430KB ZIP]
- Data Report Template [111KB DOCX]
- Excel Workbook for CHKS Data from 2009 to 2011 Reports [102KB XLSX]
- Excel Workbook for CHKS Data from 2011 to 2013 Reports [102KB XLSX]
- Excel Workbook for CHKS Data from 2014 Reports [102KB XLSX]
- Sacramento County 2009 to 2011 Sample File [106KB XLSX]
County Spotlight Series: The Marin County Prevention Hub: A Story of Evolution, Collaboration and Prevention
Does integration across departments seem impossible? The County of Marin’s Department of Health and Human Services underwent a successful restructuring in 2011 to align the prevention programs, staff, and opportunities across six separate divisions in order to leverage prevention resources and position the County for health care reform. The resulting County Prevention Hub is tasked with working collaboratively to advance effective prevention practices to improve the health of all people and communities in Marin County. Attendees of this webinar will learn: How the Prevention Hub was conceptualized and created; Major challenges and achievements of the Prevention Hub; Lessons for other counties pursuing cross-system collaboration.
Interagency Collaboration…How We Can Work Together
The Community Prevention Initiative (CPI) presents its new County Spotlight Webinar Series. These webinars will showcase a variety of innovative strategies, case studies, and best practices that counties have developed to support their substance use disorder prevention efforts. These webinars will be presented by local leaders and practitioners in the prevention field and will spotlight Placer County. Over the past two decades, a great deal of attention has been paid to the need to develop collaborative models involving mental health, child welfare, probation, and schools. Including key partners in the prevention systems who are essential in providing timely, responsive, and effective treatment options for youth and families. Placer County developed cross-system county collaborations which productively engage substance use prevention, child welfare, schools, mental health, and probation partners to create a supportive multi-tiered framework for the families they serve. This webinar will share the lessons learned by Placer County through its multiple collaborations across agencies and departments. We will discuss how to successfully plan, implement, and evaluate cross-sector collaborations, and provide insight into the successes and challenges of our collaborative process. Learning Objectives are: Participants will be able to explain the importance of careful planning in successful collaboration; Participants will be able to describe the four approaches used by Placer County to implement collaborative solutions; Participants will be able to identify potential agency partners for collaboration.