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Great Lakes PTTC

University of Wisconsin–Madison
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HHS Region 5
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The Great Lakes Prevention Technology Transfer Center (Great Lakes PTTC) is located at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Center for Health Enhancement Systems Studies (CHESS).

We are funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to provide evidence-based technical assistance, training, and resources addressing the needs of prevention professionals/pre-professionals, organizations, coalitions, and others in the prevention workforce in Health and Human Services (HHS) Region 5:  Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Our partner in this project is Educational Development Center (EDC), a global nonprofit that advances lasting solutions to improve education, promote health, and expand economic opportunity.

We work closely with the Great Lakes ATTC and the Great Lakes MHTTC, both of which are also based out of the University of Wisconsin–Madison, CHESS.

Recent News

From the Great Lakes PTTC
Jan. 12, 2024
The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH), Office on Women’s Health (OWH) is seeking innovative ways to address human trafficking prevention among women and girls in the United States through the  HHS Innovation Challenge to Prevent Human Trafficking Among Women and Girls. The goal of this national competition is to identify and award existing […]
Dec. 08, 2023
Preventionists working in HHS Region 5 (MN, MI, IL, IN, OH, WI) are encouraged to apply for the NIATx Change Leader Academy for Prevention Practitioners!   The NIATx Change Leader Academy (CLA) for Prevention Practitioners is a highly interactive 4-part training series that teaches individuals how to facilitate change using the tools and philosophies of […]
Dec. 04, 2023
This infographic, Prevention and the Basics of Social Media Management, was created to help guide substance misuse prevention professionals in using social media to maximize their prevention efforts. Visit the Great Lakes PTTC product page to download this valuable resource and learn about the basics of social media management, including definitions, tools, and tips to help […]

Upcoming Events

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Webinar/Virtual Training
This 1.5-hour webinar will introduce substance misuse prevention professionals to the basics of media literacy. Media literacy education provides the tools necessary to analyze and understand the impact of media on our everyday decision making.  Participants will identify different types of media and practice analyzation strategies and skills. LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Define media literacy and explain the importance of being media literate. Analyze several types of media. Teach media literacy basics to middle school and high school aged individuals. CERTIFICATES: Registrants who fully attend this event or training will receive a certificate of attendance via email within two weeks after the event or training. PRESENTER:  Christi Valentini-Lackner, OCPC Christi Valentini-Lackner is the Chief Program Officer for Community Strategies at PreventionFIRST!. She is an Ohio Certified Prevention Consultant (OCPC) who has worked in the prevention field for over 20 years. Christi has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Ohio University, is the Vice President  for the Ohio Prevention Professionals Association and serves on the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board’s Education and Training Committee.  In 2016, she received the ADAPAO Advocate of the Year Award. Christi is an Ohio Coaching and Mentoring (OCAM) Network coach and mentor. The Ohio Coaching & Mentoring Network (OCAM) is a statewide initiative providing capacity building and workforce development for prevention professionals. The OCAM Network is a diverse team of experienced and certified Ohio prevention professionals. The Great Lakes A/MH/PTTC is offering this training for individuals working in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI. This training is being provided in response to a need identified by Region 5 stakeholders.
Webinar/Virtual Training
In collaboration with the Pacific Southwest PTTC, this engaging 90-minute webinar aims to deepen understanding of the social determinants of health (SDOH) and explore their significant impact on community health outcomes. Participants will gain insights into the primary preventionist's role in addressing SDOH and learn practical strategies for collaboration with various partners. The session is designed to move beyond the theoretical understanding of SDOH, prompting action by highlighting successful examples and providing actionable steps for prevention providers to integrate these determinants into their work effectively. By focusing on collaboration and action, this webinar seeks to empower participants to make a tangible difference in their communities. By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to: Define and explain the concept of social determinants of health and their importance in health equity. Identify the role of prevention providers in addressing SDOH within communities. Highlight successful examples of SDOH integration into prevention practices. Offer practical strategies for effective collaboration with other partners working on SDOH. Motivate participants to apply learned strategies in their practice to improve community health outcomes.   This webinar will occur 12:30 p.m. Pacific/2:30 p.m. Central time and be repeated at 3:00 p.m. Pacific/5:00 p.m. Central time. Participants are not expected to attend both sessions. Register Here for the 2:30 pm Central Time Webinar: Click here to register for the earlier webinar session Register Here for the 5:00 pm Central Time Webinar:  Click here to register for the later webinar session   Presenter: Nicole M. Augustine, Founder & CEO of RIZE Consultants Inc., embodies the spirit of innovation and advocacy in public health. With a vibrant career launched from Cornell University and propelled at George Washington University School of Public Health, Nicole has evolved from a campus harm reduction counselor to a beacon of prevention and equity in public health. A trailblazer in substance misuse prevention and a passionate social justice advocate, Nicole's contributions are not just professional but deeply personal. Her role as an Advanced Implementation Specialist with the Opioid Response Network and consultant to the Prevention Technology Transfer Center underscores her commitment to tangible, widespread change. In 2022, Nicole authored the groundbreaking "Prevention Specialist Exam Study Guide," bridging a crucial gap in the field and empowering professionals to excel in substance misuse prevention. Certificates of Attendance Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance for 1.5 hours for participating in the live event. Questions? Please email Reagan Hart at ([email protected]) for any questions related to registration. For any other questions, please contact Britany Wiele ([email protected]).   The Great Lakes A/MH/PTTC is offering this training for individuals working in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI. This training is being provided in response to a need identified by Region 5 stakeholders.
Webinar/Virtual Training
How many times have you seen (or given!) a presentation where the audience's eyes glazed over with boredom or exhaustion? How do we communicate ideas that are important to us in a way that's meaningful to our audiences? Can we make complex science and deep data meaningful to non-expert audiences? Interestingly, directorial and editing techniques that have long been used in movies correspond with some of the best practices derived from cognitive research about how we can engage our audiences in the delivery of our ideas. This webinar looks at how we can create highly engaging and impactful presentations in our substance misuse prevention work.      LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Explain how basic narrative techniques apply to the successful design and delivery of presentations Describe how design and composition affect an audience's ability to process our messages Apply the Pixar storytelling framework to presentation content design     CERTIFICATES: Registrants who fully attend this event or training will receive a certificate of attendance via email within two weeks after the event or training.      PRESENTER:  Brian Klaas  Brian Klaas is the Assistant Director for Technology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for Teaching and Learning. He also has a faculty appointment in the School's R3 Center for Innovation in Science Education. As the architect for online learning technology at the School, he leads a team that designs and delivers custom online courseware to thousands of students around the world each year. He teaches graduate level courses on communications design and data visualization for non-expert audiences as well as applications of generative artificial intelligence in public health. Brian heads the university’s IT Accessibility Training and Education subcommittee and the Hopkins Universal Design for Learning initiative at Johns Hopkins. Brian has presented on techniques for successful online learning delivery and UDL programs at conferences throughout the country, including Educause, OLC, TeachX, UBTech, APHA, TechEd, Syllabus, and CUE.     The Great Lakes A/MH/PTTC is offering this training for individuals working in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI. This training is being provided in response to a need identified by Region 5 stakeholders

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The Great Lakes Current is the e-newsletter of the Great Lakes ATTC, MHTTC, and PTTC. The June 2024 issue features content celebrating Pride Month, PTSD Awareness Month, and Intersection of Addiction and Racism: A Curated Bibliography‒a new comprehensive resource created by AMERSA, the ATTC NCO, and the PTTC NCO. You will also find links to upcoming trainings focused on the therapeutic benefits of humor in treatment and recovery, prevention efforts in rural communities, and trauma-informed care for transition-age youth. Make sure you're subscribed to our email contact list so you never miss a month of The Great Lakes Current newsletter, and thank you for reading!
DESCRIPTION: This 1.5-hour webinar will review the best practices in effective coalitions and our role as leaders to implement those practices. We will discuss the importance and role that leadership plays in successful coalitions. We will also discuss the ways leadership functions differently in the unique structure of a community coalition.   LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Describe key characteristics of effective coalition leaders Define leading and managing Identify ways to support and lead coalition members Describe methods to grow your leadership skills   PRESENTER: Erin Ficker, CPRS, MPAff Erin serves as a prevention manager for the Great Lakes PTTC. For more than 14 years, Erin has worked in substance abuse prevention supporting communities to use evidence-based strategies and data-driven processes in substance abuse prevention planning and implementation.  She works with community level prevention practitioners and schools in the development, implementation, evaluation, and sustainability of prevention interventions.   The Great Lakes PTTC is offering this training for individuals working in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI. This training is being provided in response to a need identified by Region 5 stakeholders.  
This is a follow-up session to Breaking Intergenerational Patterns of Addiction, Trauma, and Dark Secrets (December 2020), you can view the recording at Session One Link HERE.   DESCRIPTION Fueled by toxic shame, patterns of trauma, addiction and dark secrets are often repeated in families across generations. Unhealthy relationships perpetuate these  patterns, until the cycles are broken. This presentation includes use of the iceberg model to help families understand the link between trauma, addiction, and dark secrets.   LEARNING OBJECTIVES Articulate how toxic shame fuels trauma, addiction, and dark secrets in families across generations. Help adolescents develop healthy friendships as a prevention strategy. Help families deal with generational shame and begin to break patterns of trauma, addiction, and dark secrets.   PRESENTER Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC is Project Manager Illinois for Great Lakes ATTC and Mental Health TTC. He is the 2021 recipient of the NAADAC Enlightenment Award, a lifetime achievement award for the advancement of NAADAC and the substance use disorder treatment profession. Mark is an international speaker in behavioral health whose presentations have reached thousands throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, The West Indies and Guam. Mark is the author of five books and has a 30-year career as a university educator at the University of Chicago, Loyola University of Chicago, Illinois State University, and the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. He is co-founder of Serenity Academy, the only recovery high school in Illinois.   The Great Lakes PTTC is offering this training for individuals working in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI. This training is being provided in response to a need identified by Region 5 stakeholders.  
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