Walking the Fidelity – Adaptation Tightrope: Strategies for Implementing Evidence-based Substance Use Prevention Programs to Meet Community Needs (New England PTTC - HHS Region 1)

Date: January 27, 2023 Blank space (transparent) for table Format: Webinar Blank space (transparent) for table  

Time: 1:00 PM—2:30 PM EST

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The adoption of an effective substance use prevention program is only the first step toward achieving the positive youth and family outcomes community-based organizations aim to achieve. Research has demonstrated time and time again that high-quality implementation of evidence-based programs is critical to attaining reductions in youth substance use. However, there continues to be some debate about whether programs should be flexibly adapted to fit local contexts or delivered with strict fidelity to the original program model. Increasingly, evidence from research and practice indicates that there must be a balance between the two to achieve positive and sustained program outcomes. This webinar will provide an overview of the latest research on the fidelity vs. adaptation debate and will share best practice tools and strategies for community organizations aiming to successfully walk the fidelity-adaptation tightrope to meet the needs of their local communities.

About the Presenter: Dr. Brittany Cooper is an Associate Professor of Human Development, Youth and Family Extension Specialist, and Graduate Faculty in the Prevention Science PhD program at Washington State University. She also co-leads the Northwest Prevention Technology Transfer Center and is currently President-Elect of the Society for Prevention Research. Dr. Cooper’s research, teaching, and outreach centers around the translation of prevention science for public health impact. For over a decade, she has collaborated with federal, state, and other community stakeholders to improve the field’s understanding of how best to support evidence-based prevention programs in diverse community settings.


About the webinar: This webinar is hosted by the New England PTTC, a program funded through the SAMHSA, in response to an identified need for additional training on program implementation for prevention professionals in New England. Participants will receive a certificate of completion for 1.5 contact hours; no partial credit will be awarded.

Starts: Jan. 27, 2023 1:00 pm
Ends: Jan. 27, 2023 2:30 pm
Registration Deadline
January 27, 2023
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