Getting Ready for Sustainability Planning, an Enhanced Prevention Learning Series


Series Overview:

Sustainability planning is an intentional process of looking critically at your current prevention infrastructure, strategic planning process, and strategies to sustain meaningful prevention outcomes beyond current funding. Additional steps in sustainability planning include priority setting, resource and feasibility analysis, communication planning, and resource and grant development.

This 7-week distance learning series offers an interactive experience for participants to explore how to develop a sustainability plan. The facilitator will demonstrate how to use a set of tools to facilitate sustainability planning with community partners and will coach participants to set actionable steps and timelines to complete a plan over the next year. The distance learning series will include skill-based learning opportunities, individual and group activities, reading assignments, and group discussions.



Participation is limited to community, tribal, jurisdiction, and state-level substance misuse prevention practitioners and allied health partners located in HHS Region 9 (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. Prevention practitioners from outside of HHS Region 9 are encouraged to connect with their regional PTTC for similar opportunities. 



Christina Lopez-Gutierrez

Christina López-Gutiérrez has extensive experience in evidence-based substance misuse prevention practices at the local, state, and bi-national levels. Her career began in the late 1990s, implementing “model” curricula in communities and evolved to providing Training and Technical Assistance to community-based coalitions, single state agencies, Promotores and Community Health Workers. Ms. López-Gutiérrez has been part of various training teams to include the U.S.-Mexico Border states and sister cities in Mexico with the delivery of the Strategic Prevention Framework in Spanish. More recently, Ms. López-Gutiérrez has participated in a state-wide evaluation team to support grantees aiming to decrease Prescription Misuse and Underage drinking.




Participant Commitments:

  • Complete the Session 1 prep packet prior to the first session on Wednesday, January 10, 2024.
  • Participate in 7 sessions of training, for 1.5 hours on scheduled series days/times.
  • Complete up to ONE hour of independent learning activities between each session.
  • Use a web-camera and have access to appropriate technology to join the online
    videoconferencing platform (i.e., internet connection, built-in or USB webcam,
    laptop/tablet, built-in/USB/Bluetooth speakers & microphone).
  • Actively engage and be on camera 90% of the time during each session, since this is not a
    webinar series and active participation is essential to gain/improve skills.


Dates and Times:

States and American Samoa
January 10, 17, 24, * February 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2024
 4:00 p.m. –  5:30 p.m. Mountain (including Arizona)
 3:00 p.m. –  4:30 p.m. Pacific
 1:00 p.m. –  2:30 p.m. Hawaii
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. American Samoa              

Pacific Jurisdictions
January 11, 18, 25, * February 8, 15, 22, and 29, 2024
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Republic of the Marshall Islands
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Pohnpei and Kosrae
 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Chuuk, and Yap
 8:00 a.m. –  9:30 a.m. Republic of Palau
(view in your time zone)

*Please note there will be no live session on January 31, 2024, as many participants will be attending CADCA Forum.


Certificates of Attendance:

Participants who complete the entire course will receive a certificate of attendance for 17.5 hours. Participants will need to confirm with their certification board to determine if these certification hours are accepted towards their specific certification requirements.

To help make engagement more comfortable, we limit the number of people who can enroll in EPLS. If you cannot commit to joining all 7 sessions, please defer this opportunity to others on our waiting list.


Register Here:

Getting Ready for Sustainability Planning, an Enhanced Prevention Learning Series


Cost is Free!



Contact [email protected] for any questions related to registration. For all other questions, please contact Britany Wiele ([email protected]).

Starts: Jan. 10, 2024 3:00 pm
Ends: Jan. 10, 2024 4:30 pm
Registration Deadline
January 10, 2024
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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