Using a variety of effective prevention strategies across the lifespan, funded agencies collaborate at the community-level to reduce alcohol, tobacco and other drugs use, delay the early initiation of problem gambling and prevent suicides. Using data to drive decisions, funded agencies work with multiple community sectors to complete the following:
- Assess a community’s true needs by reviewing local, state and national data;
- Build local capacity around prevention efforts;
- Reflect each community’s cultural diversity;
- Develop community-level strategic plans to address prevention needs;
- Implement strategic plans to increase positive behavior change;
- Evaluate local efforts; and
- Sustain positive outcomes.
Substance Use Prevention Strategic Plan
The Bureau of Substance Use established a committee in the summer of 2017 to inform the strategic plan process. In addition to bureau staff, committee members included representatives from the Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy, the Iowa Department of Education, the Iowa Department of Human Services, and the Iowa Department of Public Safety, along with community-based prevention and treatment service providers from across the state.
The Five-Year Substance Use Prevention Strategic Plan follows the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) model and is guided by the principles of cultural competence and sustainability throughout all five steps of the process. The Strategic Plan focuses on strategies for Evidence-Based Practices, Continuous Quality Improvement, Prevention Education, Workforce Development, and includes a special focus area on strategies to Reduce Opioid Use Disorder.
Source: Introduction to the field of prevention, The Athena Forum by the Washington State Health Care Authority/Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, 2018