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Sustainability

"The SPF Process" by Center on the Family. All rights reserved.

Sustainability

Along with cultural competency, sustainability is an integral part of the entire SPF process. Sustainability is the ability of a prevention strategy to carry on into the foreseeable future. Often times prevention efforts come and go at the mercy of grant cycles. The SPF process was designed to avoid this kind of short-lived prevention strategy and thus focuses heavily on building strategies that become sustainable parts of a community's future.

Building sustainable prevention strategies involves building long-lasting prevention infrastructure, skills, and capacity. In order to do this, community-wide collaboration is often necessary as sharing resources and knowledge across many organizations and sectors creates the kind of infrastructure that can withstand the changes that may occur in any one of its many interrelated working parts. The SPF process has built this priority for sustainability into the prevention approach, by focusing on capacity building, collaboration, and evaluation. Using these powerful tools, communities can identify the prevention efforts that are obtaining the best results (evaluation), continue to develop and build on their prevention knowledge and resources (capacity building), and share these resources across sectors (collaboration).

SPF in Hawai‘i

The SPF-SIG project focused strongly on building a statewide prevention infrastructure which can be harnessed to more strategically address issues of substance abuse prevention in Hawai‘i. The project was successful in bringing together people from many different sectors, including state, county, and local prevention providers, policymakers, and other stakeholders. Additionally, the State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division (ADAD) has begun to use the SPF principles in all of its prevention programs. Finally, the ADAD was also recently awarded the Strategic Prevention Framework Partnership for Success (HI-PFS) grant in order to continue its efforts to build upon and grow the state's prevention infrastructure and capacity. All of these efforts are aimed and making high-quality data-driven prevention strategies a sustainable part of Hawai‘i's future.

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References

Altman, D.G. (1995). Sustaining interventions in community systems: On the relationship between researchers and communities. Health Psychology, 14(6), 526-536.
SAMHSA. (2015, September 25). Sustainability. Retrieved from http://www.samhsa.gov/capt/applying-strategic-prevention-framework/sustainability

July 2020

Jul 10 Fri
ADAD Zoom Training: Cultural Diversity

The purpose of this workshop is to strengthen providers' work with culturally diverse populations. The presenter will discuss various approaches, skills, and techniques used to effectively work with various cultures.

Location

Zoom

Jul 14 Tue
ADAD Zoom Training: Trauma Informed Care for SUD Professionals

The goal of this workshop is to provide CSAC counselors (1) education and training in trauma informed care, (2) how to understand the involvement and impact of violence and victimization among SUD populations, and (3) be able to identify and assess symptoms of trauma that could affect the course of SUD treatment. Participants will be given practical interventions and exercises to support client's currently experiencing traumatic symptoms in treatment.

Location

Zoom

Jul 17 Fri
Maui County Prevention Provider Network Meeting

This meeting is to provide Maui County prevention providers and stakeholders an opportunity to share and exchange program information.

Location

Zoom