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Language Matters

Language Matters: Embracing Diversity & Inclusion in Prevention Practice

The Inbox: Updates from Mid-America PTTC Copy Copy

In the May 2024 edition of The Inbox there is a profile on each guest for our series during Pride Month, updates to our Community of Practice series, and resources about using Humor as a Protective Factor, and the The Art of Focused Conversation.  Plus, two new episodes of the Prevention Perk, Laughter is the Best Prevention Medicine a conversation with Nathan Wray, and Leadership Comes from Within with guest Karie Terhark.

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Pride Month Series

Join us for a multi-part podcast series during Pride Month 2024. Starting June 6th our conversation is "Why Focus on LGBTQ+ People", with Angela Weeks, Project Director for SAMHSA’s Center of Excellence on LGBTQ+ Behavioral Health Equity. Angela brings extensive national experience creating, implementing, and evaluating programs and initiatives that improve the lives of LGBTQ+ people and communities, and extensive experience supporting LGBTQ+ populations experiencing homelessness and the juvenile justice system. This project is a collaboration with SAMHSA's Center of Excellence on LGBTQ+ Behavioral Health Equity and the Mid-America PTTC. We hope you'll tune in for a new episode each Thursday during June.

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Learning That Never Ends: 2024 Community of Practice Series

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The Inbox: Updates from Mid-America PTTC Copy

In the April 2024 edition of The Inbox find registration for the 2024 Community of Practice series, save the date for our Pride Month podcasts, and links to our series on Why Language Matters. Plus, two upcoming episodes of the Prevention Perk, A Community Needs to Assess the Impact of Alcohol a conversation with Rodney Wambeam, and Rediscovering Joy - Why Prevention Works with guest Monte Stiles.

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Laughter is the Best Prevention Medicine

Rediscovering Joy - Why Prevention Works

A Community Needs to Assess the Impact of Alcohol

Risk Factors for Youth Substance Misuse

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HHS R10, Cannabis Toolkit Resources

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HHS R10, Cannabis Toolkit Resources

A Prevention Practitioners' Toolkit to Understanding HHS Region 10 State Cannabis Policies and Regulations

This toolkit describes the current status of HHS Region 10 state retail cannabis regulatory frameworks and specific policies, highlighting their relevance for prevention.

State legalization of cannabis use and sales for nonmedical purposes is relatively new. Regulatory design has relied heavily on examples from alcohol and tobacco, but cannabis is a different product with unique characteristics. In the absence of specific knowledge, Prevention stakeholders should work toward the most appropriate regulatory approaches for prevention, including in each of the 5 P areas: Places for Access, Products, Promotion, Public Health and Safety, and Price, which act as an organizing framework in this document. 

While assuring that high-quality information on cannabis use and harms is essential to know whether or how much public health and safety has been affected, policy work is a critical component of prevention with long term and lasting effects.  This toolkit is intended to supports capacity development within the prevention workforce by increasing understanding of cannabis regulatory frameworks and policies that can affect the prevention of youth cannabis use and associated harms and adult cannabis misuse. The documents within the toolkit can stand alone or work in tandem to:

This toolkit is not meant to be exhaustive. Instead, it serves as a starting place for prevention practitioners and community coalition members interested in building their capacity to support the implementation and enforcement of cannabis policies and regulations to promote public health and safety.

Resources Available in this Series

A Prevention Practitioners' Toolkit to Understanding R10 State Cannabis Policies and Regulations includes a suite of six documents. A Guidance Document for Northwest Substance Misuse Prevention Practitioners provides in-depth information on the purpose, background on cannabis legalization in the Pacific Northwest, key definitions, and basic principles underlying the toolkit. A Multi-State Comparison Across Three Northwestern States provides a snapshot of cannabis-related policies in Alaska, Oregon, and Washington categorized under the 5 P's for PreventionThe State Cannabis Policies and Regulations documents summarize each state's rules and laws to regulate cannabis, as of June 30, 2020.


EVALUATION - Training

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Strategic Prevention Framework Step 5: Evaluation

Evaluation, the fifth step of the SPF, focuses on the systematic collection and analysis of information about the prevention activities to reduce uncertainty, improve effectiveness, and facilitate decision making. Below are training resources to support your work. For more evaluation resources, visit our tools and examples pages.

PFS Academy 2020: Evaluation Webinar Recording

This webinar focuses on how the systematic collection and analysis of information about prevention activities can be used to reduce uncertainty, improve effectiveness, and facilitate decision making.

Building the Prevention Workforce Skill-Base: How to Evaluate and Adjust Prevention Efforts

This webinar by the Central East PTTC will discuss evaluation strategies, data surveillance efforts, and developing and maintaining an evaluation feedback loop.

Evaluation and the SPF Overview, Parts 1 & 2

This recording by DCCCA provides an overview of the Strategic Prevention Framework Evaluation process. Link here to Part 1 and Part 2.

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Tools

Strategic Prevention Framework Step 5: Evaluation

Evaluation, the fifth step of the SPF, focuses on the systematic collection and analysis of information about the prevention activities to reduce uncertainty, improve effectiveness, and facilitate decision making. Below are training resources to support your work. For more evaluation resources, visit our training and examples pages.

Mid-America PTTC Monthly Newsletter Archive - Jul. 2020

The July 2020 newsletter provides articles and additional resources on the topic of evaluation as a supplement to the PFS Academy 2020.

Working with an Evaluator: Keeping the Spark Alive

This toolkit created by the Northeast & Caribbean PTTC is designed to help you select an evaluator whose skills match your programmatic needs.

CADCA's Evaluation Primer: Setting the Context for a Community Coalition Evaluation

The Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America's (CADCA) primer provides the basic tools each coalition needs to develop a comprehensive evaluation plan.

Evaluation Tool Box

Kansas University's Community Tool Box provides tools, examples, checklists, and PowerPoint slides for a variety of evaluation topics.

Developing an Effective Evaluation Plan

This workbook provided by the CDC worksheets and a step-by-step guide to creating a program evaluation plan.

2024 Community of Practice Series - Learning That Never Ends

Social Media's Impact on Mental Health

The Inbox: Updates from Mid-America PTTC

In the March 2024 edition of The Inbox announces our 2024 Community of Practice series, links to our series on Why Language Matters. Plus, two upcoming episodes of the Prevention Perk, Social Media's impact on Mental Health a conversation with Rikki Barton, and Risk Factors for Youth Substance Misuse with guest Kris Gabrielsen.

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Alicia Ozenberger Appointed Executive Director

Alicia’s appointment follows the retirement of Chuck Daugherty, who served in the role for 14 years. Ozenberger is a champion of Missouri SADD, Drug Endangered Children, and vehicle safety.

ACT Missouri has provided substance misuse prevention training and TA for three decades and is the home of Mid-America PTTC. Say hello and welcome to Alicia at [email protected]

Building Blocks: Faith, Prevention, Recovery

The Inbox: Updates from Mid-America PTTC

In the February 2024 edition of The Inbox is a save the date for our 2024 Community of Practice series, resources on talking to teens about impaired driving, and faith based community leadership. Plus, two upcoming episodes of the Prevention Perk, Safe and Sober a conversation with Kurt Larson, and Building Blocks: Faith, Resilience & Recovery with guest Monty Burks.

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