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
Communicating Cannabis Science to Communities and Collaborators: Opportunities for Prevention Professionals

This webinar will consider new and emerging science related to cannabis and the relevance of these findings from a public health and prevention standpoint. The role of prevention professionals in communicating findings to community members will be discussed, as will opportunities to bridge the gap between science and practice. Time for questions and discussion will be provided.

Communications to Promote Interest and Participation

Communications that promote interest and encourage involvement.

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:

Community Engagement: An Essential Component of an Effective and Equitable Substance Use Prevention System

Community engagement is often cited as a tool to improve the health of the community and its members. This guide will review evidence related to leveraging community engagement to support the implementation and scale-up of evidence-based programs and policies.

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.

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.

Fact Sheet/Issue Brief
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.

Fact Sheet/Issue Brief
Creating and Maintaining Coalitions and Partnerships

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

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
Creating Cultures and Practices for Racial Equity

Creating Cultures and Practices for Racial Equity contains a variety of tools that emerged from Race Forward’s Racial Equity in the Arts Innovation Lab to help artists, arts advocates, culture bearers, and cultural workers to imagine, plan, and implement racial equity strategies in arts organizations.


Communities are the backbone of our social system, and ideally, provide a safe place for people to live, work, and play. Yet the history of systemic racism in America illustrates how BIPOC communities were not only built to be segregated but have continued to experience harm disproportionately to white communities.

This begs the question: what does a “safe” community look like, especially for people of color? And how can we center the conversation around health equity? In this two-day training, the trainers will first examine the history of racist housing policy in the United States, emphasizing the intentional disenfranchisement of Black and Brown communities and the implications for our health and racial equity work. They will then move into deeper, heart-space questions about our communities, and how we might imagine them differently. What are ways you can plug in to create changes? How can we use a Policy, Systems, and Environmental (PSE) change framework to build safe and healthy communities that are designed by the people that live there? Participants should come prepared to dig creatively into some deeper questions about safety and resiliency. 

DAY 1: March 28th,10:00 AM - 2:00 PM ET, IN PERSON at Assumption College (Worcester, MA)
Day 2: March 29th, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM ET online via Zoom

Fact Sheet/Issue Brief

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

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.

Fact Sheet/Issue Brief
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.

Cultural Competence and Spirituality in Community Building

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