Resource Library

Search our resource library to access a wealth of information to support your substance misuse prevention efforts. Use the drop down menus to search by resource type and/or prevention topic, or type a keyword into the search bar. New resources added regularly!

Resource Title Description Resource Type
The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People: Building a Foundation for Better Understanding

The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People assesses the state of science on the health status of LGBT populations, identifies research gaps and opportunities, and outlines a research agenda for the National Institute of Health. The report examines the health status of these populations in three life stages: childhood and adolescence, early/middle adulthood, and later adulthood. At each life stage, the committee studied mental health, physical health, risks and protective factors, health services, and contextual influences. To advance understanding of the health needs of all LGBT individuals, the report finds that researchers need more data about the demographics of these populations, improved methods for collecting and analyzing data, and an increased participation of sexual and gender minorities in research. The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People is a valuable resource for policymakers, federal agencies including the National Institute of Health (NIH), LGBT advocacy groups, clinicians, and service providers.

The Role of Stigma in Substance Misuse Prevention: What Prevention Practitioners Can Do to Reduce

Presentation on what stigma is, how it impacts prevention work, what we can do about it, and how prevention practitioners should approach stigma.

The Six Elements of Effective Coalitions

This resource is the first installment in a series, Key Elements of Effective Coalitions, which has been developed for prevention practitioners and community coalition members by the Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC) Network ( The goal of this series is to provide information on key elements that research suggests are critical for coalitions to operate effectively and increase their impact on substance misuse and its consequences for individuals and communities.

Fact Sheet/Issue Brief
The Social Determinants of Health Equity Framework

The Praxis Project uses a social determinants of health (SDOH) framework to guide our work. Many traditional SDOH frameworks lack the explicit naming of systems of oppression that cause disparities in health determinants. In an effort to incorporate these systems of oppression and to highlight the root causes of these determinants from a justice and community power perspective, The Praxis Project created this visual representation. This entire framework—from the root causes, to the social determinants of health, to the subsequent health outcomes—is Praxis’ Social Determinants of Health Equity framework.

The Sustainability of New Programs and Innovations: A Review of the Empirical Literature and Recommendations for Future Research

This paper reviews the methods that have been used, the types of outcomes that have been measured and reported, findings from studies that reported long-term implementation outcomes, and factors that have been identified as potential influences on the sustained use of new practices, programs, or interventions.

The Tension of Turf: Making It Work for the Coalition

This paper builds upon the work of The Eight Steps to Effective Coalition Building, a coalition start-up framework previously developed by Larry Cohen which is available at The Tension of Turf examines one of the harder issues of collaboration that often arises within coalitions, and offers recommendations to help leaders address this issue.

THRIVE: Tool for Health & Resilience in Vulnerable Environments

THRIVE enables communities to determine how to improve health and safety, and promote health equity. It is a framework for understanding how structural drivers, such as racism, play out at the community level in terms of the social-cultural, physical/built, and economic/ educational environments. We call these community-level indicators the community determinants of health. In addition to being a framework, THRIVE is also a tool for engaging community members and practitioners in assessing the status of community determinants, prioritizing them, and taking action to change them in order to improve health, safety, and health equity. As a framework, THRIVE is widely applicable to local, state, and national initiatives to inform policy and program direction. As a tool, THRIVE can be used in a variety of planning and implementation processes, from neighborhood-level planning to community health needs assessments (CHNA) and community health improvement planning (CHIP) processes.

Thriving, Robust Equity, and Transformative Learning & Development

This new conceptualization of youth success draws from more than 180 sources and makes an argument for new definitions to propel practice and policy that addresses educational and racial equity.

Tip Sheet on Question Wording

This Program on Survey Research Tip Sheet provides some basic tips about how to write good survey questions and design a good survey questionnaire.

Fact Sheet/Issue Brief
Tool for Organizational Self Assessment Related to Racial Equity

This tool – developed and piloted by the Eliminating Disparities collaborative – helps leaders gain an evidence-based snapshot of practices and policies related to racial equity in their organizations.  This open source tool is designed for organizations both large and small, including school districts, nonprofits, corporations, foundations and others.

Tools to Assess Community Readiness to Prevent Substance Misuse

This tool provides a list of tools that practitioners working to prevent substance misuse can use to assess their community’s readiness to address identified needs, and to prioritize these needs accordingly. Please note that the examples presented here are not representative of all assessment tools available to the field and do not imply endorsement by SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.

Turning Data Into Action: A User’s Guide to the Report to Congress on the Prevention and Reduction of Underage Drinking

The Report to Congress on the Prevention and Reduction of Underage Drinking (RTC), along with the State Performance and Best Practices report and state-specific reports, serves as a resource for creating data-driven and evidence-based policies and programs to reduce and prevent underage drinking. This user guide gives a brief overview of the reports and a breakdown by audience for how to find and use the information they contain.

What to Know About Prescription Opioids Fact Sheet

Recent legislation in Massachusetts requires that parents of middle and high school athletes and other adults such as coaches, athletic directors, athletic trainers, and school nurses receive educational materials on the potential dangers of opioid use and misuse. The educational materials shall also be distributed in written form to all students participating in an extracurricular athletic activity prior to the commencement of their athletic seasons.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) and Massachusetts Technical Assistance Partnership for Prevention (MassTAPP) collaborated to provide action steps to help prevent opioid misuse and overdose among student athletes. This fact sheet also highlight resources for addressing possible alcohol or opioid misuse or addiction.

Fact Sheet/Issue Brief
White Supremacy Culture

This is a list of characteristics of white supremacy culture that show up in our organizations. Culture is powerful precisely because it is so present and at the same time so very difficult to name or identify. The characteristics listed are damaging because they are used as norms and standards without being proactively named or chosen by the group. They are damaging because they promote white supremacy thinking. Because we all live in a white supremacy culture, these characteristics show up in the attitudes and behaviors of all of us – people of color and white people. Therefore, these attitudes and behaviors can show up in any group or organization, whether it is white-led or predominantly white or people of color-led or predominantly people of color.

Fact Sheet/Issue Brief
White Supremacy Culture Website

This website offers a revised and updated take on the original article outlining White Supremacy characteristics, written in 1999 when the author was working in collaboration with his late colleague and mentor Kenneth Jones.