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Substance misuse is well-documented, but complex concerns for young people share similar risk and protective factors to other outcomes related to a young person’s health and wellness, including critical youth issues such as mental health. Organizations or coalitions approaching the primary prevention of substance misuse in their communities must consider a number of interdependent factors but always focus their attention on individuals identified as not needing substance abuse treatment. This module will focus on how four vital elements of a comprehensive substance misuse primary prevention program can increase impact in a cooperative, equitable manner.
Identify the four elements underlying a comprehensive prevention approach.
Describe why a planning process is necessary when implementing a comprehensive prevention plan.
Describe how collaboration occurs at varying levels of commitment within prevention planning
Identify how including different factors from the IOM and the SEM models can be mutually reinforcing.
Discuss how data should be approached to create an equitable, comprehensive prevention plan.