PTTC Network Wide

Cannabis Prevention

The Cannabis Prevention  Working Group (WG) exists to develop training and technical assistance tools, products, and service, related specifically to cannabis prevention education, that can be deployed across the PTTC Network.  

Contact the PTTC Network for more Information: [email protected]

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Workforce Development Priority Area

The Workforce Development Workgroup exists to identify and support the collective needs of the Prevention Workforce through the development and adaptation of cultural and linguistically appropriate training products and services that are foundational to the field of prevention across the U.S. These resources will be deployed across the PTTC Network and its stakeholders to increase the understanding of prevention science and the skills of the prevention workforce.  Thus, practitioners and collaborators can deliver quality and effective prevention services to reduce substance misuse.

Contact the PTTC Network for more Information: [email protected]

Prevention Workforce Curriculum

Prevention Core Competencies

The Introduction to the Prevention Core Competencies for Prevention Professionals, covers the foundations of substance use prevention science for early and mid-career prevention professionals. By taking this course, you'll be able to expand your knowledge and skills in the field of prevention and ultimately enhance your ability to make a positive impact in your community.

The curriculum utilizes evidence-based strategies for adult learning; and builds upon and complements existing workforce training curricula and resources (e.g., Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist Training (SAPST), Foundations of Prevention Science and Practice Curriculum, and Universal Prevention Curriculum).

For more information check the Prevention Core Competencies Homepage

Prevention Ethics

As substance use prevention professionals, we regularly face situations that require us to make ethical decisions. Often it is clear how to act ethically; sometimes it is not.

This two-week, asynchronous moderated course, adapted from the original SAMHSA Center for Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT) course, explores the six principles of the Prevention Code of Ethics, brought to life with realistic examples designed to enhance participant understanding. The course also introduces a decision-making process to help practitioners apply this code to a variety of ethical dilemmas, and an online discussion area to facilitate discussion with other course participants.

For more Information check Prevention Ethics Home Page

SPF: Application for Prevention Success Training

The goal of the SAPST is to develop the basic knowledge and skills needed by substance misuse prevention practitioners to plan, implement, and evaluate effective, data-driven programs and practices that reduce behavioral health disparities and improve wellness. The SAPST is intended as an introductory level course; throughout the course of their careers, prevention practitioners will need additional and more advanced workforce development opportunities beyond the SAPST.

For more information check out the various SAPST resources: Home PageAdditional ResourcesLearning Community

People of Color Learning Community

The South Southwest Prevention Technology Transfer Center hosts a virtual five-part learning community for prevention professionals working in communities of color. The purpose of the learning community is to discuss strategies for creating outcomes-based change in communities of color. This series discusses best practices for delivering culturally competent services, prevention’s role in eliminating systemic and structural barriers to wellness, and much more.

People of Color Learning Community

The South Southwest Prevention Technology Transfer Center hosts a virtual five-part learning community for prevention professionals working in communities of color. The purpose of the learning community is to discuss strategies for creating outcomes-based change in communities of color. This series discusses best practices for delivering culturally competent services, prevention’s role in eliminating systemic and structural barriers to wellness, and much more.

People of Color Learning Community Session 1 Materials
The first session introduces the purpose of the learning community and drafts a strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT) analysis of providing high-impact prevention services in communities of color.
People of Color Learning Community Session 2 Webinar Recording and Materials

This session focuses on involving communities of color in data collection decision-making. Participants use their SWOT analysis from session one to inform their work during this session.  

People of Color Learning Community Session 3 Webinar Recording and Materials

The third session outlines why prevention advocacy matters in communities of color, the difference between education and lobbying, and examples of how to advocate for change.

People of Color Learning Community Session 4 Webinar Recording and Materials

Session 4 focuses on using the cultural competence continuum to gauge an organization's capacity to provide culturally inclusive services and to open dialogue with communities of color.

People of Color Learning Community Session 5 Webinar Recording and Materials

The fifth and final session discusses how organizational and institutional barriers to racial equity create community trauma and explores opportunities to build equity in your community. The moderator guides participants through the completion of the learning community's SWOT action plan for delivering culturally competent services.

DATA COLLECTION DURING THE PANDEMIC

In-person data collection has been complicated by the constraints of the global pandemic. This webinar mini-series will provide real-life examples of ways to adapt quantitative and qualitative data collection methods during the pandemic when in-person contact is discouraged. During the webinar series, participants will have the opportunity to discuss barriers, solutions, and lessons learned during this critical time.

Quantitative Data Collection During the Pandemic Webinar Recording and Materials

In webinar 1, participants explore ways to adapt quantitative data collection methods during the pandemic. Participants will learn how to identify effective methods for adapting quantitative data collection during a pandemic, and ways to address confidentiality concerns with participants during online quantitative data collection. 

Qualitative Data Collection During the Pandemic Webinar Recording and Materials

In webinar 2, participants explore ways to adapt qualitative data collection methods during the pandemic. Specifically, participants learn to identify effective methods for adapting qualitative data collection during a pandemic, and describe ways to address confidentiality concerns during online qualitative data collection.

CAPACITY BUILDING - Training

Strategic Prevention Framework Step 2: Capacity Building

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Capacity building, the second step of the SPF, involves how to engage diverse community stakeholders, develop and strengthen a prevention team, and identify opportunities to raise community awareness about the issues. Below are training resources to support your work. For more capacity resources, visit our tools and examples pages.

CADCA Capacity Primer

This primer provides clear guidelines to help your coalition build a coherent plan to support your coalition’s prevention strategies.

Community Readiness Handbook

The Community Readiness Model, developed by researchers at the Tri-Ethnic Center for Prevention Research, helps communities conduct a community readiness assessment and develop an action plan to increase community readiness.

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Collaboration Multiplier

The Collaboration Multiplier is an interactive framework and tool that guides an organization to a better understanding of which partners it needs and how to engage them.

Marketing Prevention

The Marketing and Communications Workgroup created this website to improve prevention marketing and to build systems capacity through increased collaboration and integration among prevention professionals. This collection of resources meets these goals by providing a place for you to find prevention marketing materials which help communicate to interest groups what the work you do looks like, and by connecting you with others who are doing similar work.  Please feel free to share the items you see on this webpage on your websites and social media, use in publications, or for trainings and meetings. You are welcome and encouraged to include your own contact information on any of these items so your community will know to contact you for more information.

For more information on including your contact information on materials other organizations created, check out our infographic on co-branding here.

Table of Contents:

  1. What is Prevention?
  2. Prevention 101
  3. How to Advocate for Prevention
  4. Courses and Webinars
  5. How to Tell a Better Story
  6. Using Social Media Graphics
  7. Success Stories and Testimonials
  8. Building Your Prevention Program
  9. Acknowledgements

What is Prevention?

These links help communicate the goals and strategies of prevention to your community and interest groups. They provide a starting point and are good “basic” resources that will help any person get a 101 level understanding of what our substance misuse prevention work looks like.

Prevention 101 Slides

When presenting to audiences who are new or unfamiliar with prevention, especially those lacking fundamental knowledge, consider offering introductory information. This slide deck is designed to help you quickly communicate what the work of prevention is about. Customize it to your organization's requirements or incorporate slides into existing presentations. Save time by sharing your community efforts with interest groups without starting from scratch.

Click here to download, edit, and customize this slide deck to match your organization and community.

How to Advocate for Prevention

These resources empower you to effectively advocate for your work. Whether engaging with policymakers on the significance of prevention, discussing school-based support with educators, or conversing with funders, advocacy is integral to your efforts. Utilize these resources as a solid foundation for your advocacy journey.

Courses and Webinars

Watch these videos to learn how to improve your prevention marketing: 

Courses:

Webinars:

How to Tell a Better Story

Using Social Media Graphics

Are you looking for social media graphics to post on your social media? The PTTC and ORN have created a library of social media graphics for you to use. The graphics include content to help your community grasp prevention basics. Tailored for Facebook and Instagram, these graphics are versatile for other platforms too. Click on the format that best fits your needs: gif | mp4

Success Stories and Testimonials

These videos highlight preventionists who are doing this work with success! Seeing other people talk about how prevention has worked well in their communities can be inspirational and help interested individuals to understand what this work can look like. These videos can be shared on social media, in presentations, or on websites. 

View and share these videos of prevention specialists describing their successes: 

Building Your Prevention Program

These regional and national resources can be great resources for you to get to know to build your own prevention library and knowledge. They also provide great resources you can use and share with your community, as well as trainings and technical assistance. 

Use this how-to, one-page document to map out the resources you can connect with in your community.

Resolving the Fidelity-Adaptation Dilemma and Implementation Strategies

Cannabis Use in the Pregnant and Breastfeeding Mother: What Preventionists Should Know

Cannabidiol (CBD) – Potential Harms, Side Effects, and Unknowns

Marketing Prevention

Man brainstorming on whiteboard about prevention marketing

The Marketing and Communications Workgroup created this website to improve prevention marketing and to build systems capacity through increased collaboration and integration among prevention professionals. This collection of resources meets these goals by providing a place for you to find prevention marketing materials which help communicate to interest groups what the work you do looks like, and by connecting you with others who are doing similar work.  Please feel free to share the items you see on this webpage on your websites and social media, use in publications, or for trainings and meetings. You are welcome and encouraged to include your own contact information on any of these items so your community will know to contact you for more information.

For more information on including your contact information on materials other organizations created, check out our infographic on co-branding here.

Table of Contents:

  1. What is Prevention?
  2. Prevention 101
  3. How to Advocate for Prevention
  4. Courses and Webinars
  5. How to Tell a Better Story
  6. Using Social Media Graphics
  7. Success Stories and Testimonials
  8. Building Your Prevention Program
  9. Acknowledgements

What is Prevention?

These links help communicate the goals and strategies of prevention to your community and interest groups. They provide a starting point and are good “basic” resources that will help any person get a 101 level understanding of what our substance misuse prevention work looks like.

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Prevention 101 Slides

When presenting to audiences who are new or unfamiliar with prevention, especially those lacking fundamental knowledge, consider offering introductory information. This slide deck is designed to help you quickly communicate what the work of prevention is about. Customize it to your organization's requirements or incorporate slides into existing presentations. Save time by sharing your community efforts with interest groups without starting from scratch.

Click here to download, edit, and customize this slide deck to match your organization and community.

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How to Advocate for Prevention

These resources empower you to effectively advocate for your work. Whether engaging with policymakers on the significance of prevention, discussing school-based support with educators, or conversing with funders, advocacy is integral to your efforts. Utilize these resources as a solid foundation for your advocacy journey.

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 Courses and Webinars

Watch these videos to learn how to improve your prevention marketing: 

Courses:

Webinars:

How to Tell a Better Story 

 

Using Social Media Graphics


Are you looking for social media graphics to post on your social media? The PTTC and ORN have created a library of social media graphics for you to use. The graphics include content to help your community grasp prevention basics. Tailored for Facebook and Instagram, these graphics are versatile for other platforms too. Click on the format that best fits your needs: gif | mp4

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Success Stories and Testimonials

These videos highlight preventionists who are doing this work with success! Seeing other people talk about how prevention has worked well in their communities can be inspirational and help interested individuals to understand what this work can look like. These videos can be shared on social media, in presentations, or on websites. 

View and share these videos of prevention specialists describing their successes: 
 

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Building Your Prevention Program

These regional and national resources can be great resources for you to get to know to build your own prevention library and knowledge. They also provide great resources you can use and share with your community, as well as trainings and technical assistance. 

Use this how-to, one-page document to map out the resources you can connect with in your community.

 

This webpage was created by the Marketing and Communications Workgroup of the ORN Prevention Strategic Plan. The ORN Prevention Strategic Plan was developed from the Prevention Thought Leaders Meeting Proceedings Report, created in January of 2020. The overall plan identifies needs and actions related to the prevention field, with four workgroups created to complete tasks that would meet the identified needs and actions.

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Implementation Strategies Infographics

Telehealth Implementation of Trauma Focused Treatment Webinar

Register for the COE Webinar: Telehealth Implementation of Trauma Focused Treatment on July 12, 2023 at 3:00 EST!  In this Telehealth COE webinar, Dr. Regan Stewart and Dr. Rosaura Orengo-Aguayo will present on telehealth implementation of trauma focused treatment to increase equity in access to care for underserved youth in the US and Puerto Rico.
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Getting to System Transformation: Practical Tools for Coalitions

Systems Transformation, Reducing Risks, and Increasing Protective Processes: The Goal of Community Coalitions

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Additional SAPST Resources

These additional resources have been compiled to support the SPF: Application for Prevention Success Training (SAPST). Adapted from a product created by the Great Lakes Prevention Technology Transfer Center, these resources enable a deep-dive on each facet of the Strategic Prevention Framework and more. The list is updated as new resources become available, and may differ from print versions of the SAPST.

SPF: Application for Prevention Success Training changed its name because the PTTC Network understands that words have power. You may find events or references across the PTTC site that utilize the old name for SAPST that does not align with our current commitment to using affirming, person-first language.  


Prevention Science and the Prevention Profession

Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF)

Assessment

Capacity Building

Implementation

Planning

Evaluation

Sustainability

Cultural Competency and Humility

Health Equity and the Social Determinants of Health (SDOH)

Harm Reduction

Prevention Ethics

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Positive Childhood Experiences (PCEs)

Miscellaneous Resources

Black History Month 2023

The PTTC Network joins SAMHSA in recognizing February as Black History Month. Explore resources and events from the Network below and through the month of February.

PTTC Prevention Fellows 2022-23 V2

Veronica Dingwall

PTTC Region 2

As a BOLD Fellow, Veronica has the privilege of supporting the prevention work of the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS) and the North East and Caribbean Prevention Technology Transfer Center.

In this role she is advancing the work of prevention science and supports targeting underserved Black and African American communities.

The work entails the understanding of the NY State prevention provider network to identify ways to support, assist and train under-resourced communities and prevention provider stakeholders. She will be assisting in projects that center community dialogue and needs assessments that will shape the toolkits of prevention scientists and include vulnerable but incredibly valuable voices.

Tenisha Jones
M. ED

PTTC Region 3

Tenisha Jones, M.Ed, is a third-year doctoral student in School Psychology at Howard University. Prior to attending Howard, she obtained a Master of Educational Policy & Leadership from the University of Michigan.

Her primary research interests include the mental health, well-being, and education of Black Girls. At the same time, her current research projects address issues of diversity embedded in the practice of school psychology under the direction of Dr. Celeste Malone and Black Autistics under the leadership of Dr. Shanter Alexander. Additionally, she has research experience investigating Youth Participatory Action Research Programs in Michigan and Preschool Quality Assessments at the High Scope Educational Research Foundation.

In tandem with her research, she has also given national conference presentations and training on her work. Tenisha has extensive professional experiences in education, ranging from a Middle School Behavioral Interventionist, High School Director of College & Career to a Collegiate level Success Coach.

Tenisha is paired with the Maryland Department of Health, Office of Population Health Improvement, Local Prevention Unit to advance her understanding of prevention work. She is currently working on a project to employ SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework Guiding Principles of Cultural Competence to increase positive outcomes for targeted populations within Maryland. During her time with the Local Prevention Unit, she is evaluating each individual Maryland jurisdictional FY23/F24 Local Prevention Grants Application based on SAMHSA's five opportunities to integrate cultural competence: assessment, capacity, planning, implementation, and evaluation. Each grant application will be assessed according to their adherence to recommended opportunities to incorporate cultural competence outlined in their grant.  

Additional activities to integrate cultural competence will be advised if the plan lacks the outlined aspect of cultural competence. The information from this evaluation will be used to improve culturally responsive programming, provide feedback to jurisdictions and inform grant writing for the next cycle.

Hernitte Altidor
BS

PTTC Region 3

Hernitte Altidor is a current student at Howard University. She is in her 2nd year of the MSW/MPH dual degree program. Her goal is to bring change and educate communities and others with both degrees of knowledge once received.

She has worked as a program manager and lead educator for a nonprofit that provides equitable health education for students in school, pregnant parents, and those in the juvenile justice system.

She has a passion for service and is committed to serving in roles that uplift marginalized communities. In addition, she enjoys traveling, dancing, fitness, and having fun in her spare time.

As a prevention fellow, She is actively working with the District of Columbia Department of Behavioral Health. Her duties include researching best practices within populations focusing on community health and the Medicaid 1115 waiver.

Paige Salters
BA

PTTC Region 4

Paige Salters is an ardent public health and community mental health professional with special interests in trauma psychology.

She is an associate project manager for the Wake Forest School of Medicine's Public Health Sciences department in North Carolina where she's developing an opioid education curriculum for counties in the state with demonstrated need.

Paige is a graduate of Smith College, where they obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and the Study of Women and Gender.  

Paige is passionate about developing tangible resources and infrastructure to support youth's psychosocial development, and the achievement of public health equity for historically marginalized populations. 

Tyeisha Trina

PTTC Region 5

My name is Ty Trina, and I'm the new BOLD (Building Our Leadership and Diversity) Fellow for Great Lakes PTTC- Region 5.  

My educational background consists of a B.S. in Public Health with an emphasis on Health Promotion from Northern Illinois University. Upon graduating, I’ve focused my career towards bettering underserved communities. Previously, I worked at Chicago Housing Authority (CHA), in which I assisted diverse individuals and/or families by connecting clients to programs and services to overcome barriers that would eventually lead to self-sufficiency.

More recently, I worked with Kenneth Young Center and managed a grant (for Des Plaines, IL) that provided one-on-one mentorship services to students the schools identified as exhibiting escalated behaviors. Through providing academic support (tutoring), social-emotional development, and referrals for community resources, we saw a tremendous impact. We observed and recorded those escalated behaviors later minimized due to the positive interactions between mentor and student.

Helping others is a great passion of mine, which made me a strong candidate for the BOLD Prevention Fellowship Program. The goal of this program is to reduce substance misuse risk factors and promote mental health and protective factors in Black/African American communities. Therefore, through organized efforts, community members can be given an opportunity to live healthier lifestyles.

Jalynn Stubbs
BA

PTTC Region 6

Jalynn Stubbs is a native of Chicago, IL. After graduating from high school, she went on to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at The Illustrious Clark Atlanta University.

During her matriculation, she developed an interest in mental health disparities in the Black/African American communities. Clark Atlanta University afforded her the opportunity to study abroad in Ghana, West Africa, where she conducted research on family dynamics. She presented this research at various symposiums, and it was published in 2016.

After her many successes at her beloved institution, Jalynn was accepted into Louisiana State University’s Graduate School to pursue a Master of Social Work degree (MSW) with a specialization in Policy/Macro. She is currently in her second year and will graduate in May 2023.

While at LSU, Jalynn interned at Obrien House, a substance abuse recovery center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, under the direction and supervision of Mrs. Emily Tilley. She spent one year as a research mentor with the Baton Rouge Youth Coalition. She is also a member of the Association of Black Social Workers (ABSW), where she serves as President. Before accepting the opportunity to become a BOLD Fellow, Jalynn interned with Dr. Dana Hunter and the Office of Human Trafficking Prevention.

Much of Jalynn’s success can be attributed to the support and nurture of Black women. After all, this Building our Leadership and Diversity (BOLD) Fellowship would not be possible without the work and initiative set forth by a Black woman, Lashonda Williamson-Jennings. Jalynn is currently working as a BOLD fellow with the South Southwest PTTC (Region 6) in Louisiana’s Office of Behavioral Health under the supervision of Amber Slater and Shelley Lee. Jalynn’s focus as a BOLD fellow is providing prevention and mental health resources to Black/African American communities by curating a resource inventory that will assist this community in locating services that they need. Being a BOLD fellow, to Jalynn, is not only about developing skills to become a prevention scientist, but it is also for brilliant Black minds with a heart for service to come together to help OUR people receive the resources they deserve. She hopes to pave the way for other black girls and women to do the same.

Willie Tapedo
Caseworker/Outreach

NAIAN PTTC

Looking to help with Prevention and Treatment of Addictions across the lifespan.

Also, (Caddo/ Kiowa) Currently working as a Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist in Oklahoma.

Candace Williams
Associate Project Manager

PTTC Region 4

Candace is a Building Our Leadership in Diversity (BOLD) Fellow with the Southeast Prevention Technology Transfer Center housed at Wake Forest School of Medicine's Public Health Sciences Department. She is working with the Alabama National Prevention Network (NPN) and the OMNI Institute on a substance misuse prevention needs assessment in Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Black communities in Alabama.

Candace worked as an anesthesia technician for 16 years. In 2018, she went back to school at North Carolina Central University to work on a degree in Psychology. While working and attending school, Candace adopted two children that she fostered as a foster parent. In 2020, she became a member of the North Carolina Child Welfare Family Advisory Council, where she serves as an adoptive parent.

Shanelle Moore

PTTC Region 7

Shanelle Moore is currently pursuing a dual master’s degree in Public Health and Social Work from University of Missouri.  She graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Sciences with emphasis in Family and Lifespan Development and a minor in Social Justice. After graduating, she began working in the community to help meet the needs of the people.

She has over 10 years of trauma-informed social service experience that allowed her to be exposed to the issues communities face regarding substance use and health & wellness. While serving the community, she discovered her purpose in life, which is being the voice for the underserved populations in the face of adversity. Shanelle strives to bring equity, cohesiveness, and stability in communities to enhance the quality of them. was born and raised in Chicago, IL.

She relocated to Columbia, MO in 2012 to begin her undergraduate career at the University of Missouri - Columbia. During that time, she developed a love for helping people and found that to be her area of passion.

Cheyenne Chee

PTTC Region 8

I am in my first year of my Master's of Public Health program at Utah State University. I am a first generation, Navajo student. During my undergraduate degree, I majored in human biology at Utah State University.

It was during my undergraduate degree journey that my love for public health grew. In August 2022, I applied to the Mountain Plains PTTC fellowship program. I got accepted in October 2022.

My mentor is Heidi Dutson from the Utah Department of Health and Human Services. I am excited to learn more skills and strengthen my career and preparation in prevention.

Morgan Neavill

PTTC Region 8

I am currently a student at Montana State University working on my Ph.D. in Psychological Science.

My research is on substance use disorders in American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

My ultimate career goal is to bring culturally adapted mental health resources to underserved communities in rural Alaska.

This prevention fellowship will aid me in attaining the education necessary to do so. I am excited to be working with Youth Connections on creating content to educate policymakers on how current legislation affects substance use in Montana communities. 

Steve Otero
BS, BA, CWMF

PTTC Region 8

Steve Otero is a Certified Workplace Mindfulness Facilitator, National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) outdoor educator, and holds bachelor's degrees in Exercise Science, Experimental Psychology, and Recreation and Outdoor education from Western Colorado University.

His passion is connecting others with the power of the natural world. He serves as a Veteran Services Officer in Gunnison County, CO and as part of the federal "Task Force on Outdoor Recreation for Veterans", which is investigating the use of outdoor recreation for the health and wellness of veterans.

Steve is also a US Air Force military veteran with combat deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan as a combat cameraman and forensic investigator.

Jallisa Butler

PTTC Region 9

To say the very least, I have always wanted to help others in one way or another. I quickly realized that I wanted a career in a field that was not only important and relevant but a career that will allow me the opportunity to keep learning.

The career goal I came up with was to become a professional in addiction counseling with an emphasis in prevention and relapse prevention.

I am fairly new to prevention but have experience in addiction counseling. I hope to gain experience through the BOLD fellowship and be able to make the necessary contributions to my communities and career.

Marie Schuyler Dreaver

PTTC Region NAIAN

(Haudenosaunee/ Anishnaabe)  Currently works as a Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator to a Grantee Technical Assistant, aiding SAMHSA grantees with their Native Connections, Circles of Care grants.

This work in prevention, mental well-being, healing is of great passion of mine. I have been drug and alcohol free raising our children with this intention.

I look forward to this opportunity to further my credentials making it possible to have more AI/AN people serving within our communities the efforts of healing, one community at a time.

Shelene L. Head

PTTC Region NAIAN

(Ojibwe-Red Lake Band) Currently an undergraduate student at Bemidji State University in Psychology. With plans to continue on to graduate school.   

I am currently in the planning process of site placement to begin prevention work in the Bemidji Area. Bemidji is uniquely located between three different tribal communities in northern Minnesota (Red Lake, Leech Lake, and White Earth tribal nations). My hope is that this opportunity will allow me to reach all three nations respectively.

I am excited to begin, knowing that my prevention work will assist me in representing the principles and employing the best practices of substance use prevention across the lifespan. 

Lorna-lei L. Sua'ava

PTTC Region 10

Talofa! (Greetings in Samoan)

My name is Lorna-lei L. Sua’ava!
I was born in Long Beach, California and raised in Palmer, Alaska. Though thousands of miles from the island of Samoa, much of the values and standards that I have been taught keep me grounded. The values of tautua (service), fa’aaloalo (respect) and alofa (love) are what have allowed me to stand proud as a Pacific Islander on many platforms.

It has been quite an honor to have been selected for this program, I am so grateful! Working with Washington State University and the Department of Health in Alaska, as a Fellow is a stepping stool in my career that I look forward to being a representative of Alaska, while learning and dedicating my time and service toward this program. I have developed much passion and willingness to learn and grow in this field for the benefit of Alaska, the indigenous people as well as my own people, Pacific Islanders who are a large part of the population in Alaska.

PTTC Prevention Fellows: 2022 - 2023 Cohort

The PTTC Network has received one-time funding to recruit and train a small cohort of early-career or students committed to pursuing a career in substance use prevention. Each of the 12 PTTC Centers will hire one or more fellows for a one year career development and practicum in partnership with a state prevention agency. Fellows will accomplish many of the requirements for the Prevention Specialist certification.


Anticipated timeline:

View Prevention Fellows 2022-2023 Bios

Prevention Fellows 2022-2023

Prevention Fellows

Introduction to Substance Abuse Prevention: Understanding the Basics Online Course