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
Talk. They Hear You.® Campaign Resources

SAMHSA’s national youth substance use prevention campaign helps parents and caregivers, educators, and community members get informed, be prepared, and take action to prevent underage drinking and other substance use.

The Art of Facilitation

A core function of coalitions is making decisions as a group around the most pressing issues affecting their communities. How can we effectively solve problems together, reach consensus, and resolve conflict? Being a dynamic facilitator means you can get a pulse of the group and direct the conversation to productive decision-making. However, this involves managing different personalities in the room and troubleshooting challenges as they come up. This training will provide a brief introduction to elements of good facilitation and how to navigate difficult facilitation scenarios.  Come prepared to try on something new!

Fact Sheet/Issue Brief
The Cannabis/Marijuana Awareness & Prevention Toolkit

Theory-based and evidence-informed resources created by educators, parents, and researchers aimed at preventing middle and high school students’ use of cannabis/marijuana.

The Center for Advancing Alcohol Science to Practice

The Center for Advancing Alcohol Science to Practice is committed to preventing excessive alcohol use and underage drinking by creating more knowledgeable and connected communities across the nation. Their website contains resources on alcohol data tools and toolkits on how to assess and implement policy change related to underage drinking and excessive alcohol use by adults.

The Coalition Impact: Environmental Prevention Strategies

This publication provides an overview of the environmental strategies approach to community problem solving and includes examples of efforts where environmental strategies aimed at preventing and reducing community problems related to alcohol and other drugs were implemented.

The Data Dive: Episode 1 (Prioritization)

This handout provides an overview of one basic method for prioritizing needs assessment data, using the method described in Episode 1 of the PTTC's podcast, the Data Dive.

Fact Sheet/Issue Brief
The Groundwater Approach: Building a Practical Understanding of Structural Racism

In an effort to help leaders, organizers, and organizations stay focused on the structural and cultural roots of racial inequity, the Racial Equity Institute developed the “Groundwater” metaphor and accompanying analytical framework to explain the nature of racism as it currently exists in the United States.

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 Invitation to Change Approach (HHS Region 1)

This 1-hour talk introduces the Invitation to Change (ITC), a model built to provide accessible and impactful practices to anyone in a helping role––be that a family member, peer support, or professional. Blending principles and practices found in three evidence-based approaches for supporting change, the ITC offers guidance on how to use them in a common language: not only to make helpers more effective but also to increase their capacity and willingness to support a person struggling with substance use.

The Measuring Alcohol Outlet Density: A Toolkit for State and Local Surveillance

The Measuring Alcohol Outlet Density: A Toolkit for State and Local Surveillance (hereafter called Measuring Alcohol Outlet Density Toolkit) provides steps for using these alcohol outlet density indicators for surveillance in states and local jurisdictions. It is a companion to CDC’s Guide for Measuring Alcohol Outlet Density, 3 published in 2017. This guide covers key concepts, high-level steps, and underlying measurement theory. The Measuring Alcohol Outlet Density Toolkit provides code, screenshots, and guiding questions to help you accomplish the six steps outlined in the Guide for Measuring Alcohol Outlet Density. It also adds a seventh step on visualization, reporting, and communication.

This toolkit is specifically designed for teams looking for practical instructions on how to measure alcohol outlet density for surveillance. Teams may include people with a range of expertise, including public health researchers, geographers, policy makers, or law enforcement personnel.

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 Spectrum of Community Engagement to Ownership

The Spectrum of Community Engagement to Ownership charts a pathway to strengthen and transform our local democracies. Thriving, diverse, equitable communities are possible through deep participation, particularly by communities commonly excluded from democratic voice and power. The stronger our local democracies, the more capacity we can unleash to address our toughest challenges, and the more capable we are of surviving and thriving through economic, ecological,and social crises. It is going to take all of us to adequately address the complex challenges our cities and regions are facing. It is time for a new wave of community-driven civic leadership.

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.