Expanding the Evidence Base: Additional Resources for Adolescent Substance Use Prevention
As part of our Substance Use Prevention Strategic Initiative, our team seeks to advance learning to improve screening and early intervention practices for youth ages 15 - 22.
While there are a number of prevention resources already in existence, there is an increasing need to highlight new pathways that can help providers and communities support the health and well-being of their youth.
To this end, we are pleased to share materials developed by our partners. Through our grantmaking, Facing Addiction recently developed a Community Convening Guide, aimed at equipping communities with a roadmap for rallying support for these evidence-based prevention practices. This guide provides a step-by-step plan to organize a forum in your community to discuss these critical issues, including what community leaders need in terms of outreach, how to ensure a large turnout, proper resource development and many other critical steps.
In partnership with our Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning partner, Abt Associates, our team recently published an infographic illustrating how youth substance use can be prevented by addressing risk factors and enhancing protective factors. This resource is aimed to help train health and youth service providers to talk with young people about substance use to prevent and reduce risky behavior, an often difficult conversation.
It is our hope that these resources continue building on the momentum in the prevention field to ensure youth have the tools and pathways to health and well-being.
Community Convening Guide
Developed by Facing Addiction
Moving Upstream: Addressing Youth Substance Use
Developed by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and Abt Associates