Date: March 11, 2021
Determining how to maintain your effective prevention efforts and positive outcomes are critical activities for substance misuse prevention professionals. But, it is not always clear what should be sustained and it can be even more challenging to figure out how to go about doing it. Research on sustainability has identified securing resources, implementing effective processes, and building organizational and community capacity as necessary conditions for affecting positive and lasting community change. And, meaningful engagement of a variety of partners, through strategic relationship building that includes efforts beyond the ‘usual suspects’, is the connective tissue enabling us to carry out our work in increasingly equitable and sustainable ways.
This two-part, virtual learning series will provide practitioners with an approach for sustainability that includes focusing on maintaining positive outcomes, effective processes and interventions that work.
Part 2 -
In this Peer Sharing session, we reviewed the sustainability model presented in the training webinar and we collectively explored potential solutions to challenges participants have experienced in efforts to sustain initiatives historically and in the context of the COVID-19 environment.
Ivy Jones-Turner – Is a training and technical assistance specialist with Education Development Center. For over 20 years, Ivy has provided organizational capacity assistance on health promotion and prevention in substance abuse, suicide, violence, injury, and mental health with nonprofit and community-based organizations, state and faith-based agencies, and school districts. Her capacity building skills include program evaluation, training and technical assistance in program design and implementation, organizational development, partnerships/collaborations, and sustainability. Ms. Jones-Turner is a Certified Prevention Specialist and holds an MPA from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
Jessica Goldberg - Is a training and technical assistance specialist with Education Development Center. For over a decade, Jess has specialized in building capacity to improve behavioral health at the national, state, regional and local levels. Her areas of expertise include preventing youth substance use; promoting cross-sector collaborations; addressing health disparities; strategic planning, logic model development, and sustainability planning. Jess holds an MSW and MPH from Boston University, and is a Certified Prevention Specialist.