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Pacific Southwest PTTC

Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies at the University of Nevada, Reno
1664 N Virginia St.
Reno,
NV
89557
HHS Region 9
AZ, CA, HI, NV, AS, FM, MP, GU, MH, PW
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The Pacific Southwest Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC) will provide training and technical assistance (TTA) services to the substance misuse prevention field in Region 9, encompassing American Samoa, Arizona, California, the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Hawaii, Nevada, Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau. The overall goal is to advance Region 9's substance misuse prevention workforce's ability to identify, select, plan for, implement, and evaluate evidence-based and promising substance misuse prevention interventions to achieve a reduction in substance misuse and harmful consequences. This goal will be accomplished by strengthening regional alliances among culturally diverse prevention professionals and key partners, and delivering state-of-the-art, culturally-relevant TTA services that reflect regional and local needs.

Recent News

From the Pacific Southwest PTTC
Jun. 05, 2024
To launch National Prevention Week (May 12-18), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced the winners of the FentAlert Challenge! Receiving almost 200 entries, this nationwide challenge sought innovative ideas from U.S. youth aged 14-18 to develop community strategies to educate their peers about fentanyl and fake pills to prevent drug overdose […]
Oct. 18, 2019
The Pacific Southwest PTTC hosted 12 prevention professionals from American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau at the University of Nevada, Reno campus for two training-of-trainers (TOT) events.  Participants completed TOTs in two curricula: 1) the Substance Abuse Prevention […]
Aug. 06, 2019
Email us at [email protected] for information on hosting this training in your area!   Workshop Description Prevention leaders are dedicated to improving the health of their communities through the implementation of effective strategies to reduce substance misuse and related consequences. Perhaps the most critical decisions prevention staff weigh are what interventions to adopt and implement, typically with […]

Upcoming Events

Hosted by the Pacific Southwest PTTC
Webinar/Virtual Training
  Webinar Series Description: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Strategic Prevention Technical Assistance Center (SPTAC) Team (HHS Regions IX & X) in collaboration with the Pacific Southwest and Northwest Prevention Technology Transfer Centers (PTTC) cordially invite you to join our Regional Webinar Series, Tools for the Trade: Layering the Six CSAP Strategies for Impact. This series is designed to equip you with the knowledge and tools needed to enhance your prevention programs. Participation in both webinars is highly recommended but not required. Part 1:  Mastering the Six CSAP Strategies to Address Community Prevention Needs As the saying goes, "If the only tool you have is a hammer, it is easy to treat everything as if it were a nail.” Understanding the purpose and function of CSAP’s six strategies enables prevention practitioners to select the right tool or set of tools to be more effective in their work. This webinar will explore the purpose and function of each of the six CSAP strategies in building a comprehensive prevention plan tailored to specific community needs. Participants will also learn about common misunderstandings of CSAP strategies and gain practical examples for aligning strategies with community needs and reporting requirements.   Who Should Participate: Prevention Block Grant grantees at the state, tribe, jurisdiction, and community levels in HHS Regions IX & X (Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, California, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Republic of Palau, and Washington).   Dates & Times: Part 1, Webinar  June 20, 2024 States and American Samoa 04:00 p.m. – 05:30 p.m. Mountain 03:00 p.m. – 04:30 p.m. Arizona and Pacific 02:00 p.m. – 03:30 p.m. Alaska Daylight Time 12:00 p.m. – 01:30 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. American Samoa June 21, 2024 Pacific Jurisdictions 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Republic of the Marshall Islands 09:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Pohnpei and Kosrae 08:00 a.m. – 09:30 a.m. Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Chuuk, and Yap 07:00 a.m. – 08:30 a.m. Republic of Palau (view in your time zone)   Presenter: Susannah Burt has been working in substance abuse and mental illness prevention since 2001.  She has implemented the Strategic Prevention Framework since 2003 and has trained on the model since 2006. Professionally, it has been part of her responsibility to work with the evaluators and review data for state and local communities for assessments. She has worked to develop an evaluation plan for environmental strategies, including policies and campaigns. Ms. Burt is currently working on securing ongoing private and public funding for coalitions in her local area. Ms. Burt currently sits on her local Communities That Care coalition in Utah. She received her bachelor's degree from Weber State University and works for Weber Human Services.   Cost: Free!   Registration: Register for Part 1: Mastering the Six CSAP Strategies to Address Community Prevention Needs *Participation in both webinars is highly recommended but not required.    Certificates of Attendance Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance for 1.5 hours for each session of this 2-part live webinar series. The total possible certificate hours is 3 hours.   Questions? Please contact Michelle Frye-Spray ([email protected]).
Webinar/Virtual Training
    Webinar Description: In collaboration with the Great Lakes 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.   Who Should Participate: Community, tribal, jurisdiction, and state-level substance misuse prevention practitioners and allied health partners located in the Great Lakes region, including Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin, as well as the Pacific Southwest region, including American Samoa, Arizona, California, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Hawaii, Nevada, Republic of Marshall Islands, and Republic of Palau.   Dates & Times: This webinar will occur 12:30 p.m. Pacific/2:30 p.m. Central and be repeated at 3:00 p.m. Pacific/5:00 p.m. Central. Participants are not expected to attend both sessions. States and American Samoa June 26, 2024 03:30 p.m. or 06:00 p.m. Eastern 02:30 p.m. or 05:00 p.m. Central 12:30 p.m. or 03:00 p.m. Pacific (Including Arizona) 09:30 a.m. or 12:00 p.m. Hawaii 08:30 a.m. or 11:00 a.m.  American Samoa Pacific Jurisdictions June 27, 2024 07:30 a.m. or 10:00 a.m. Republic of the Marshall Islands 06:30 a.m. or 09:00 a.m. Pohnpei and Kosrae 05:30 a.m. or 08:00 a.m. Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Chuuk, and Yap 04:30 a.m. or 07:00 a.m. Republic of Palau (Earlier time option: view in your time zone) (Later time option: view in your time zone)     Presenters: 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.   Cost: Free!   Register Here for the 12:30 pm Pacific Webinar: Click here to register for the earlier webinar session   Register Here for the 3:00 pm Pacific Webinar:  Click here to register for the later webinar session   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]).
Webinar/Virtual Training
  Webinar Series Description: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Strategic Prevention Technical Assistance Center (SPTAC) Team (HHS Regions IX & X) in collaboration with the Pacific Southwest and Northwest Prevention Technology Transfer Centers (PTTC) cordially invite you to join our Regional Webinar Series, Tools for the Trade: Layering the Six CSAP Strategies for Impact. This series is designed to equip you with the knowledge and tools needed to enhance your prevention programs. Participation in both webinars is highly recommended but not required. Part 2:  Layering Evidence-Based Interventions with CSAP Strategies: Building Impactful Prevention Plans Building upon the foundation laid in Part 1, the second webinar will demonstrate how various interventions, from practices to policies, align with the CSAP six strategies to create a layered approach. Participants will receive tips for developing comprehensive prevention plans that thoughtfully incorporate CSAP’s six strategies to address identified needs and achieve desired prevention outcomes.   Who Should Participate: Prevention Block Grant grantees at the state, tribe, jurisdiction, and community levels in HHS Regions IX & X (Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, California, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Republic of Palau, and Washington).   Dates & Times: Part 2, Webinar  June 27, 2024 States and American Samoa 04:00 p.m. – 05:30 p.m. Mountain 03:00 p.m. – 04:30 p.m. Arizona and Pacific 02:00 p.m. – 03:30 p.m. Alaska Daylight Time 12:00 p.m. – 01:30 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. American Samoa June 28, 2024 Pacific Jurisdictions 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Republic of the Marshall Islands 09:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Pohnpei and Kosrae 08:00 a.m. – 09:30 a.m. Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Chuuk, and Yap 07:00 a.m. – 08:30 a.m. Republic of Palau (view in your time zone)   Presenter: Susannah Burt has been working in substance abuse and mental illness prevention since 2001.  She has implemented the Strategic Prevention Framework since 2003 and has trained on the model since 2006. Professionally, it has been part of her responsibility to work with the evaluators and review data for state and local communities for assessments. She has worked to develop an evaluation plan for environmental strategies, including policies and campaigns. Ms. Burt is currently working on securing ongoing private and public funding for coalitions in her local area. Ms. Burt currently sits on her local Communities That Care coalition in Utah. She received her bachelor's degree from Weber State University and works for Weber Human Services.   Cost: Free!   Registration: Register for Part 2: Layering Evidence-Based Interventions with CSAP Strategies: Building Impactful Prevention Plans *Participation in both webinars is highly recommended but not required.    Certificates of Attendance: Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance for 1.5 hours for each session of this 2-part live webinar series. The total possible certificate hours is 3 hours.   Questions? Please contact Michelle Frye-Spray ([email protected]).

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Webinar Recording and Follow-Up Materials   Webinar Description What if college graduates entered the prevention workforce with basic knowledge of prevention science, the Strategic Prevention Framework, and the importance of evidence-based programs, practices, and policies? Despite the interdisciplinary nature of substance misuse prevention, traditional college courses often lack explicit content relevant to this critical field. To address this, the Pacific Southwest Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC) developed curriculum infusion packages that can be easily inserted into existing college-level coursework to engage the pre-professional workforce. This webinar will explore the pressing need for capacity-building within the pre-professional workforce, guide participants through the Pacific Southwest PTTC’s curriculum infusion packages, “The Power of Prevention,” and discuss additional ways they can be utilized to develop knowledge and skills for coalition staff, volunteers, and partners. By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to: Articulate the need to increase exposure to prevention science and application prior to entering the prevention workforce Describe the benefits of curriculum infusion packages as an innovative method of introducing core prevention concepts Discuss how curriculum infusion packages are useful and accessible across professional roles and can increase prevention knowledge regardless of educational background or status   Webinar Recording and Slides Power of Prevention Recording Power of Prevention Slide Deck   Presenters Michelle Frye-Spray, MS, CPS specializes in integrating prevention science, capacity-building, and workforce development to expedite the adoption and diffusion of evidence-based interventions that achieve intended outcomes. With over 30 years of experience in substance misuse prevention, including 15 years focused on managing and delivering Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) services to states, jurisdictions, and tribes across the western region, she has extensive subject matter expertise in designing and delivering learner-centered, skills-based training and consultations to secondary educators, prevention practitioners, pre-professionals, coalition members, including under-served populations and organizations, on the application of prevention science. As part of her work with SAMSHA’s Northwest Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC), she has chaired and co-chaired the Cannabis Prevention and Community, Coalition, and Collaboration Workgroups, and as a member of the Prevention Workforce Development Workgroup contributed to updating the SPF Application for Success Training (SAPST). Britany Wiele, CPS is a Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Specialist for the Pacific Southwest Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC), administered by CASAT at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). In this role, she provides direct TTA services to build state, jurisdiction, tribal, and community capacity in the application of data-driven decision-making to the selection, implementation, and evaluation of evidence-based programs and practices to prevent substance misuse within the Health and Human Services (HHS) Region 9. Additionally, Ms. Wiele chairs the National PTTC Cannabis Risk Work Group. Prior to her work with CASAT, she served as Program Manager for Join Together Northern Nevada, a substance misuse prevention coalition serving Washoe County, NV where she implemented effective community-wide youth and adult substance misuse prevention programs, developed informational materials, and delivered presentations relating to prevention, drug trends, and other topics to diverse audiences.   Questions Contact Reagan Hart ([email protected]) if you have additional questions about the content related to this webinar.
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Webinar Description The association between chronic exposure to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and poor behavioral health outcomes across the lifespan is well-established, but ACEs are preventable. This webinar will explore the evidence supporting upstream strategies that can prevent ACEs from happening in the first place as well as positive childhood experiences (PCEs) that can mitigate the harms of ACEs. Recent data sources that can be used to monitor ACEs and PCEs at the state-level to guide prevention and evaluation activities will also be explored.   Webinar Objectives By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to: Explain the influence of ACEs and PCEs on risk behaviors using a lifecourse perspective; Describe primary prevention strategies that can prevent ACEs; Describe how PCEs can buffer the impact of ACEs on behavioral health outcomes; Identify state-level data sources that can be used to monitor ACEs and PCEs.   Presenters Amanda Haboush-Deloye earned her Ph.D. in experimental psychology and her Master of Arts in clinical psychology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Amanda's research background is on mental health in adolescent, adult, and older adult populations. She also has a particular interest in improving research methods to be more culturally competent. As a researcher at NICRP, she has designed and implemented many research projects regarding children's physical health, mental health, and education, as well as children's advocacy initiatives such as Every Child Matters in Nevada and Prevent Child Abuse Nevada. Being a Las Vegas native, Amanda aims to remain in Nevada and work with NICRP to create a healthy community where families and children are a priority.   Kristin Clements-Nolle received her MPH in Behavioral Sciences and Ph.D in Epidemiology, both from the University of California, Berkeley. Kristen is a nationally recognized adolescent health researcher and has published extensively on the impact of ACE exposure on health outcomes across the lifespan. She also investigates social, community, and family factors that can prevent ACE exposure and/or mitigate the impact on behavioral health outcomes. Kristen is currently a Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Public Health and the principal investigator for a five year grant funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that will focus on preventing ACEs and promoting positive childhood experiences in Nevada.   Post Webinar Materials Preventing ACEs and Their Associated Harms Recording Preventing ACEs and Their Associated Harms Slide Deck   Questions Please email Reagan Hart at ([email protected]) for any questions.
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Webinar Description Join us for a webinar highlighting the incredible work of the Help Enrich African American Lives (HEAAL) Coalition and Youth Taking Charge (YTC) in enriching the quality of African American lives through community engagement and collaboration. This presentation will focus on data-driven prevention strategies that have been successfully implemented to address and decrease youth substance use in urban and inner-city environments. Through the collaborative efforts of HEAAL and YTC, we aim to identify needs and develop prevention strategies that support healthy decision-making for better lifestyle outcomes. Don't miss this opportunity to learn about effective approaches to youth substance use prevention in our communities. By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to: Identify evidence-based strategies used to address substance misuse in urban/inner-cities. Examine the individual and collective risk factors and analyze WIIFM's of youth in urban/inner-cities. Explore the What's In It For Me (WIIFMs) to engage youth participation in substance misuse prevention programs.   Webinar Recording and Slides HEAAL & YTC Webinar Recording HEAAL & YTC Webinar Slide Deck (PDF)   Presenters Clyde R. Miller Jr., a native of Washington DC, has been involved in the Phoenix community since 2000. Clyde has a made a lifelong commitment to the communities in Maricopa County and is actively engaged in making it a healthier and safer place to live, work and play. He is currently the Coalition Coordinator for the Help Enrich African American Lives (HEAAL) Coalition, an arm of Tanner Community Development Corporation (TCDC). Mr. Miller feels that it is important that we become involved in the business of AZ, the wellness of us together. Mr. Miller is married to Melonie Miller and a member of First New Life Church in Phoenix, AZ. Loren V. Grizzard is Program Manager at Tanner Community Development Corporation (TCDC) which is the nonprofit community outreach for Tanner Chapel A.M.E. Church.  One of the programs in TCDC is the Help Enrich African American Lives Coalition (HEAAL), which provides adult/youth community education, and advocacy that increases the perception of harm of youth alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drug use/abuse.  These community-based prevention activities are planned by coalition volunteers and implemented through churches, schools, and community agencies targeting African American youth and communities at large in Maricopa County, AZ.  Loren has 15 years experience in substance misuse prevention for youth and caregivers. Loren has 20+ years of experience in the electronics industry working for Motorola, On Semiconductor, and Intel as a process engineering technician.  He also worked for the East Valley Institute of Technology as a state report coordinator and mathematics/reading enrichment support technician. Youth Taking Charge (YTC) is a youth subgroup of Help Enrich African American Lives (HEAAL) Coalition which is the substance misuse prevention program of Tanner Community Development Corporation (TCDC). YTC’s mission is to help inform youth about the risks of substance misuse, by identifying needs and developing strategies that support good decision making and better lifelong habits for healthier physical, mental, and emotional wellness.   Questions Contact Britany Wiele ([email protected]) if you have additional questions about the content related to this webinar.
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