The Collaboration Continuum: Connecting Across Fields to Prevent Suicide and Substance Misuse


Learning Session Overview and Objectives

We all know that collaboration and partnerships are the key to success in prevention efforts, including connections between closely related fields such as suicide and substance misuse prevention. This session will provide an overview of a framework for collaboration, the SPRC Collaboration Continuum, which provides tools and resources for prevention programs to strengthen connections and amplify the impact of their collective efforts. After hearing the story of how a regional coalition has engaged community partners in prevention efforts spanning both suicide and substance misuse prevention fields, participants will have the opportunity to examine their own partnership efforts and identify ways they can strengthen collaboration on the ground.

By the end of this learning session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the SPRC Collaboration Continuum and its four levels of collaboration, as well as how to access related tools to strengthen their own collaboration.
  • List new strategies to overcome common barriers to collaboration in their own prevention efforts.
  • Develop a plan for at least one way they can strengthen their own suicide prevention efforts.


Who Should Participate

Community, tribal, jurisdiction, and state-level substance misuse prevention practitioners and allied health partners located in 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. 


Learning Session Dates and Times

States and American Samoa
Thursday Sept. 15, 2022   Time Zone
03:00 p.m. – 04:30 p.m.    Pacific (including Arizona)
12:00 p.m. – 01:30 p.m.    Hawaii 
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.    American Samoa

Pacific Jurisdictions
Friday Sept. 16, 2022       Time Zone
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
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Ellyson Stout, MS, State and Community Suicide Prevention Lead at EDC, specializes in public health and suicide prevention with diverse populations. In her role directing EDC’s Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) contract, she leads a team working to build suicide prevention capacity and infrastructure nationwide at the state, community, health system, and national levels. Stout has over 20 years of experience in public health, cross-sector collaboration, and health communications, including 15 years working with youth suicide prevention efforts in school, clinical, state and community settings. She has served on numerous expert panels and committees, including most recently the advisory group for the Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Implement the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. Elly presents regularly on suicide prevention around the country, and has co-authored articles published in Journal of Primary Prevention and Journal of Rural Mental Health. Elly holds an M.S. in Health Communications from the Tufts University School of Medicine, and a B.S. in International Relations, Law, and Organization from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.


Certificates of Attendance

Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance for 1.5 hours for participating in the live event.



Register for the Learning Session: The Collaboration Continuum: Connecting Across Fields to Prevent Suicide and Substance Misuse


Cost is Free!



Please contact Karen Totten, [email protected] for any questions related to registration. For any other questions, please contact Britany Wiele, [email protected].

Starts: Sep. 15, 2022 3:00 pm
Ends: Sep. 15, 2022 4:30 pm
Registration Deadline
September 15, 2022
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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