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
Racial Equity Data Road Map

The Racial Equity Data Road Map is a tool toward eliminating structural racism. It's a collection of guiding questions, tools, and resources to assist programs in taking concrete steps to better identify, understand, and act to address racial inequities.

Racial Equity Tools

Racial Equity Tools is designed to support individuals and groups working to achieve racial equity. This site offers tools, research, tips, curricula and ideas for people who want to increase their own understanding and to help those working toward justice at every level – in systems, organizations, communities and the culture at large.

Racial Justice and Power-Sharing: The Heart of Leading Systems Change

Chapter 2 of "Leading Systems Change in Public Health: A Field Guide for Practitioners" discusses:

  • How to develop a shared analysis and expand our mental models regarding the manner in which power imbalances, racism, and other forms of oppression define and structure the systems that drive health.
  • Attending to the work of “being” together, and not just “doing” together, as a way of deepening the relationships necessary to disrupt these patterns at the interpersonal, team, organizational, and community levels.
  • Establishing change processes that embody a model of sharing power and shifting who represents and is leading transformation.
Racism and Health

APHA works to improve access to care, bring about health equity, and support public health infrastructure. The Racism and Health section of their website includes a list of resources on how to use a healing and heart-centered approach to eliminate the false belief that any people are superior to others based on their skin color.

Racism is a Public Health Crisis. Here's How to Respond.

Racial disparities in health and wellbeing are well documented. In 2003, the Institute of Medicine issued the landmark report Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Healthcare, which connected racism in mortgage lending, access to housing, employment, and criminal justice to racial health disparities. This report and the World Health Organization’s 2008 report on health equity led to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Social Determinants of Health Framework (SDOH), which recognized that racial health disparities are a result of inequalities in education, employment, healthcare, housing, and law enforcement.

Reducing Vaping Among Youth and Young Adults

The Evidence-Based Resource Guide Series is a comprehensive set of modules with resources to improve health outcomes for people at risk for, with, or recovering from mental and/or substance use disorders. It is designed for practitioners, administrators, community leaders, and others considering an intervention for their organization or community.

Reframing Adolescence and Adolescent Development

This toolkit is a resource for communicators who want to change the narrative about adolescence and adolescent development.

Research Support for Comprehensive Community Interventions

The purpose of this paper is to discuss how a truly comprehensive response to substance use and abuse in our country can be implemented. Specifically, this response includes BOTH environmental/policy efforts and individually-focused prevention efforts in order to reduce substance abuse population-wide. Furthermore, it is critical to recognize the invaluable role local, community-based coalitions play in implementing a comprehensive array of evidence-based strategies to reduce underage drinking, tobacco use and illicit drug use.

Sample Question Guide for MOAPC Focus Groups

This focus group guide, developed for Massachusetts Opioid Abuse Prevention Collaborative, contains an overview of the structure of a focus group; tips for facilitators; and sample questions for various audiences such as active users, families of users, treatment providers, youth/teens, police/first responders, the recovery community, and the emergency department staff.

SAPC Logic Model Development Guide

This guide provides guidance for developing a logic model specific to the SAPC grant, a logic model examples, as well as a logic model template.

School Health Index

The School Health Index (SHI) Self-Assessment and Planning Guide is an online self-evaluation and planning tool for schools. The SHI is built on CDC’s research-based guidelines for school health programs that identify the policies and practices most likely to be effective in reducing youth health risk behaviors. The SHI is easy to use and is completely confidential.

Selecting Best-fit Programs and Practices: Guidance for Substance Misuse Prevention Practitioners

Substance misuse and related behavioral health problems such as injury, addiction, and overdose are pressing personal and public health concerns. To successfully address these problems in states, tribes, jurisdictions, and communities, prevention planners need information about the effectiveness of available programs and practices. They also need to know how to determine which options have the greatest potential to work well in their unique settings and how to proceed if no viable options are available. To help meet these needs, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has developed this guidance document, Selecting Best-Fit Programs and Practices: Guidance for Substance Misuse Prevention Practitioners. This resource places the selection of programs and practices within the broader context of evidence-based prevention.

Six Strategies for Talking about Adolescent Development

This resource outlines six strategies for effectively communicating about adolescent development.

Social Marketing and Sustainability of the Initiative

Information on conducting a social marketing effort (promoting awareness, interest, and behavior change), and planning for long-term sustainability.

Stories and Poems for Northeastern Native Tribal Families from A Circle Tied to Mother Earth

Developed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health in partnership with Native American communities in Massachusetts, this booklet provides a series of stories and poems explores the ways family members can help prevent youth drinking and other drug use. The images from Native American communities are interwoven with the best we know about the prevention of substance use. It includes guidance for positive discussion, as well as referral resources for counseling for youth and adults if needed.