Resources

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
Coming Home - Preventing Alcohol and Drug Use Among Native American Teens Booklet

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health developed this booklet in collaboration with representatives from Native American communities in Massachusetts. This booklet explores ways family members can help prevent youth drinking and other drug use. Values and images from Native American communities are interwoven with the best we know about the prevention of substance use. It includes a list of resources for positive cultural activities, as well as counseling for youth and adults.

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Communications to Promote Interest and Participation

Communications that promote interest and encourage involvement.

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Communications Toolkit

This toolkit distills key concepts and evidence-based strategies into short, easy-to-read sections; offers interactive activities to help you to understand how these concepts relate to your community’s work in substance abuse prevention; and provides tips, exercises, and worksheets that will guide you to apply what you are learning to the context of your community.

To download a PDF of just the content text from the interactive toolkit as well as the individual worksheets, click on the links below:

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Community Readiness for Community Change

This resource provides an overview of the Community Readiness Model, the stages and dimensions of community readiness, and tools for conducting your own community readiness assessment.

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Connecting Prevention Specialists to Native Communities: Culture is Prevention

This product is designed for Prevention Specialists working with Native Communities. Topics include: intervention for Native youth's mental health, substance abuse, suicidality, and practice-based evidence.

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Connecting Prevention Specialists to Native Communities: What is Cultural Connectedness?

This product is designed for Prevention Specialists working with Native Communities. Topics include: cultural connectedness (spiritual activity, cultural identity, and traditional activity), and cultural humility.

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Creating and Maintaining Coalitions and Partnerships

This toolkit provides guidance for creating a partnership among different organizations to address a common goal.

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Creating Authentic Partnerships with Historically Marginalized Families and Other Stakeholders: Embracing an Equity Mindset

Educational systems in this country have been shaped by the influence of White dominant culture, frequently precluding the authentic partnership of families and stakeholders who are vested in the success of historically marginalized students in their communities. This resource describes characteristics associated with White dominant culture as compared to those rooted in an intentional equity mindset. This resource can be used to assess the cultural norms that currently exist and to think about what changes are needed to create authentic opportunities for partnership that can improve learning conditions and outcomes for historically marginalized populations.

Fact Sheet/Issue Brief
CrimeSolutions.gov

The National Institute of Justice’s CrimeSolutions.gov is comprised of two components — a web-based clearinghouse of programs and practices and a process for identifying and rating those programs and practices.

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Criteria for Analyzing Assessment Data

Analyzing assessment data with five key criteria can provide insight into how to focus efforts to meet community needs and set prevention priorities.

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Cultural Approaches to Prevention: Measuring Cultural Factors Associated with Substance Misuse and Mental Health in American Indian and Alaska Native Populations

Provides information on measures that prevention practitioners and evaluators can use when evaluating substance misuse prevention programs that include cultural elements.

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Cultural Competence and Spirituality in Community Building

Information on understanding culture and diversity, how to strengthen multicultural collaboration, and spirituality and community building.

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Cultural Competence Primer: Incorporating Cultural Competence into Your Comprehensive Plan

This primer provides anti-drug coalitions with a basic understanding of cultural competence and its importance in achieving substance abuse reduction that is effective and sustainable. If you know how to include all major sectors of your community in your efforts to develop a plan to create population-level change in community rates of substance abuse, then you likely will increase your chances of success.

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Data Collection Methods: Pros and Cons

Learning the pros and cons of data collection methods can help you find the right data to inform program development and assessment.

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Databases of Best Practices

Explore best practices for promoting community health and development.

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