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
What Do Prevention Specialists Do? Video Series

In this video series, you will hear from experienced prevention specialists working in New England describing the varied roles and experiences of prevention specialists. Each video focuses on a Prevention Performance Domain as defined by the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) Prevention Specialist Job Analysis. Through these videos, you will learn what each prevention domain is and how all the domains function together for effective prevention. If you are new to the field of prevention, or starting a new role within the field, these videos will help you understand the science and practice of prevention specialists.

Fact Sheet/Issue Brief
What is Health Equity?

This brief from the CDC provides an overview of health equity, health disparities, how it's connected to the social determinants of health, and what you can do to promote health equity.

Fact Sheet/Issue Brief
What to Know About Prescription Opioids 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.

Fact Sheet/Issue Brief
What You Can Do to Protect Youth From the Harms of Vaping

A new CDC feature article gives parents and educators tips and resources to help them protect youth from the harms of vaping. Parents and educators--including teachers, administrators, and coaches--play an important role in protecting youth from e-cigarettes, also known as vapes. As students go back to school, it is the perfect time to educate them about the dangers of vaping. This article highlights e-cigarette use among youth, the health risks of vaping for youth, how nicotine can be a source of stress, and resources to help youth quit vaping. It includes suggestions on how parents and educators can talk to youth about the dangers of vaping and how to quit.


Fact Sheet/Issue Brief
White Supremacy Culture

This is a list of characteristics of white supremacy culture that show up in our organizations. Culture is powerful precisely because it is so present and at the same time so very difficult to name or identify. The characteristics listed are damaging because they are used as norms and standards without being proactively named or chosen by the group. They are damaging because they promote white supremacy thinking. Because we all live in a white supremacy culture, these characteristics show up in the attitudes and behaviors of all of us – people of color and white people. Therefore, these attitudes and behaviors can show up in any group or organization, whether it is white-led or predominantly white or people of color-led or predominantly people of color.

Fact Sheet/Issue Brief
White Supremacy Culture Website

This website offers a revised and updated take on the original article outlining White Supremacy characteristics, written in 1999 when the author was working in collaboration with his late colleague and mentor Kenneth Jones.

Why Health Equity Matters in Prevention

Health equity matters in prevention and has always mattered. It is and should always be at the core of everything we do. This means understanding the role of structural and institutional inequality in creating disparities. With health equity in the front of mind we can ensure that we are providing the best prevention interventions possible to meet community needs. Take this course to uncover why health equity matters and how we can prioritize equity in action.

Workforce Development Racial Equity Readiness Assessment

The Workforce Development Racial Equity Readiness Assessment is designed as a guide for workforce development organizations and practitioners to evaluate their programs, operations, and culture in order to identify strength areas and growth opportunities. Practitioners can use this toolkit to familiarize themselves with various practices and policies that support institutional racial equity, evaluate their current efforts, and plan action steps.

Writing A Solidarity Statement: Considerations and Process Questions

Often during movement moments or societal crises, organizations may contemplate drafting and releasing Solidarity Statements to convey their support of the demands and perspectives of partner groups and affected community members.

This resource called Writing A Solidarity Statement: Considerations and Process Questions provides find questions to reflect on before, during, and after drafting a solidarity statement. You’ll also find examples of important moments that could catalyze a Solidarity Statement and examples of inspiring statements from different groups and networks.

Youth Cannabis Prevention: Alternatives to Suspension and Restorative Practices hosted by The Partnership

A guide for community prevention efforts focused on keeping youth healthy while navigating the evolving cannabis landscape. Through adopting restorative practices and focusing on relationships, this guide seeks to support youth health and well-being while applying lessons learned from youth alcohol and tobacco use prevention efforts.

Youth Worker Certificate Training

This four-day, 32-hour training is based on the nationally recognized Advancing Youth Development curriculum. This training provides participants with a grounding in the Positive Youth Development Approach. Participants are introduced to an appropriate common language for discussing youth development, and will explore information about positive youth outcomes, healthy relationships and boundaries, resiliency and other critical issues.


The Program Directory features evidence-based programs whose purpose is to prevent and/or reduce delinquency or other problem behaviors in young people.

• Equitable Early Childhood Community Research Partnerships Power Long-lasting Change Videos

Child Trends partnered with community co-researchers to begin an Early Childhood Equity Movement. These videos feature these co-researchers discussing how equity and shared decision-making impacted families’ lives, thereby helping families and communities recognize their own power to overcome challenges related to trust and language barriers.


Fact Sheet/Issue Brief