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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!

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Organizational Assessment Tools: A Resource Guide

The Institute for Economic and Racial Equity (IERE) is proud to release a new resource guide featuring selected Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) organizational assessments. Prepared by Trinidad Tellez, MD, of [Health] Equity Strategies, LLC, this DEI resource guide represents one aspect of IERE's ongoing evaluation of and thought partnership with the HEAL Winchendon initiative, a Moving Massachusetts Upstream (MassUP) grantee. While curated with HEAL Winchendon in mind, the assessments in this resource guide are applicable to other organizations and coalitions seeking to evaluate their status and progress toward specific DEI goals. 

This guide offers organizational assessments for general audiences, child- and youth-serving organizations, disability organizations, K-12 audiences, workforce development, city government, health and healthcare providers, and food security organizations. Several racial equity impact assessments are also included in this compilation.

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Enhancing Cultural Competence

This toolkit aids in assessing and enhancing cultural competence in your organization or community effort.

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Ensuring the Well-being of Boys and Young Men of Color: Factors that Promote Success and Protect Against Substance Use and Misuse

This practice-support tool distills research on substance use and misuse in boys and young men of color as well as factors promoting positive youth development.

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Evaluating Community Programs and Initiatives

Information on developing a plan for evaluation, evaluation methods, and using evaluation to understand and improve the initiative.

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Evaluating the Initiative

This toolkit aids in developing an evaluation of a community program or initiative.

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Examples of Community-level Logic Models for Reducing the Non-medical Use of Opioid Prescription Drugs

This tool describes three examples of logic models—two present a community-level response to reducing the non-medical use of opioid prescription drugs (NMUOPD) and a third presents a state-level response. Each example contains a statement describing the problem (NMUOPD); the goals and objectives for addressing the problem; inputs—what resources and activities comprise the response; partners needed to effectively implement the approach; outputs—the result of these resources and activities; and short-, intermediate-, and long-term outcomes.

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Examples of Local-level Logic Models for Addressing Behavioral Health Disparities

This resource contains three examples of logic models that prevention practitioners can use to think through their process for addressing behavioral health disparities at the community level. Each example addresses a different type of disparity, and includes the community’s related substance use problem; factors that contribute to the problem; activities to address the problem; and short-, intermediate-, and long-term outcomes.

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Excellence in Prevention Strategy List

This page provides detailed information about direct service and environmental prevention strategies. Programs and strategies in this list must be shown in at least two studies to produce intended results. All programs listed include substance abuse prevention as an area of interest.

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Generating, Managing, and Sustaining Financial Resources

Information on writing grants, preparing an annual budget, and planning for financial sustainability.

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Guidance for Conducting Focus Groups for the MOAPC Grant

This tool provides guidance for conducting focus groups including planning, developing questions, and conducting the focus groups themselves. It also provides sample question for different audiences related to the issue of opioid misuse and overdose prevention.

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Guidance for Conducting Focus Groups for the PFS Grant

This tool provides guidance for conducting focus groups including planning, developing questions, and conducting the focus groups themselves. It also provides sample question for different audiences related to the issue of prescription drug misuse prevention.

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Guidance for Conducting Focus Groups for the SAPC Grant

This tool provides guidance for conducting focus groups including planning, developing questions, and conducting the focus groups themselves. It also provides sample question for different audiences related to the issue of underage drinking.

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Guidance on Communications After a Non-Concussion Sports Injury 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.

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Handbook for Community Anti-drug Coalitions

The Handbook for Community Anti-Drug Coalitions provides an overview of resources for and about community coalitions. It helps educate, inform and empower local coalitions and provides some of the basic tools needed to become effective and sustainable.

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Health Equity and Prevention Primer

The Health Equity and Prevention Primer (HEPP) is a web-based training series for public health practitioners and advocates interested in achieving health, safety, and health equity through policy advocacy, community change, and multi-sector engagement.

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