Systems Change Shift: Application to Substance Misuse and Mental Health Disorders Prevention


The Systems Change Shift: Application to Substance Misuse and Mental Health Disorders Prevention training was presented at the 2021 National Prevention Network conference. The resources from the presentation are available by selecting the DOWNLOAD button above.

This information is designed to increase awareness about system change and its application to substance misuse and mental health and to illustrate how substance use and poor mental health outcomes can be changed at the structural, relational, and transformative levels. The conditions of systems change are policies, practices, resource flows, relationships and connections, power dynamics, and mental models.



Dr. Beverly Triana-Tremain has nearly 35 years of public health teaching, research, and consulting experience. Her background and skillset blend theoretical and practical approaches in evaluation, research, and quality improvement processes. She is a fellow in the National Public Health Leadership Institute and in 2006 established Public Health Consulting, LLC, to assist agencies in improving the public health system. She serves as a technical consultant to various local, state, and national private and public organizations in evaluation, research, and quality improvement. She has been the evaluator or quality improvement consultant on grants received from RWJF, CDC, SAMSHA, HRSA for nonprofit, state, and local health departments. She is an epidemiologist with the Southwest Prevention Center at the University of Oklahoma. In this role, she serves Region 6 as Epidemiologist for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) Prevention Training and Technology Transfer Center (PTTC). There she assists states with increasing the use of data in decision making. Her passion is helping organizations slow down and understand the processes that promote authentic and quality strategies to improve the public’s health.  

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