198697 “We Need You to Survive”: The ASK Program and TADPOLE as Partners in Youth ATOD Prevention

Wednesday, November 11, 2009: 12:30 PM

Mohamed Kanu, MPH, PHD, MA , Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN
Elizabeth A. Williams, MA, PhD , Office of Minority Affairs, Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center, Nashville, TN
Charles Williams, PhD , Department of Anthropology, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
Glenn Fleming, MA , Daniel Payne Outreach Ministries, Incorporated, Nashville, TN
Seok P. Wong, PhD , Mathematical Sciences, The University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
Important community-based work is underway to prevent youth alcohol, tobacco and other drug (ATOD) use. Much of it goes unrecognized because of limited evidence to substantiate efforts. ATOD programs using outcome evaluation are at a distinct advantage compared to programs without such data. What sets them apart is the evidence base to sustain and refine efforts. Consistent access to evaluation requires forethought, dedicated systems, and genuine partnerships to conduct applied research.

The Alcoholism, Screening and Knowledge Program (ASK Program) is an ATOD prevention program in Nashville, Tennessee for youths adjudicated in Juvenile Court and referred by the Tennessee Department of Children's Services for ATOD infractions. Since 1985, the program serves youths who might otherwise “fall through the cracks” of the social service system. The program rejects the idea that these youths are “at-risk.” Instead, it believes they have the greatest potential for success. The ASK Program does not just believe this. They have the evidence to prove it.

Through a unique academic/community partnership, the University of Memphis under the Tennessee Alcohol, Drug Prevention Outcome Longitudinal Evaluation (TADPOLE) Study has evaluated the program for more than a decade. Youths completing the program show marked improvements in self-esteem, attitude and other ATOD prevention behaviors. With access to timely data and evaluation support, the program continually refines its programming to help youths achieve success. Beyond these outcomes, the ASK Program/TADPOLE example, as a case study, highlights the benefits and challenges of conducting applied research to support community-based ATOD programming efforts.

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the ASK Program/TADPOLE partnership as a model for community-based youth ATOD program evaluation. 2. Assess the effectiveness of the program and partnership for supporting youths’ ATOD prevention success. 3. Demonstrate the lessons and methods of the ASK Program/TADPLOE partnership to other ATOD prevention program contexts.

Keywords: Evidence Based Practice, Alcohol

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Dr. Mohamed Kanu is an assistant professor and interim director of the MPH Program in the Department of Health Administration and Health Sciences at Tennessee State University. Interested in the intersections between health promotion, disease prevention, and the social determinants of health, Dr. Kanu’s research interests cover several topics, namely: HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections, obesity, access to care for global populations, and physical inactivity. Dr. Kanu has published manuscripts regarding public health topics and has presented at several national conferences.
Any relevant financial relationships? Yes

Name of Organization Clinical/Research Area Type of relationship
Alcoholism, Screening and Knowledge Program Health Disparities/Public Health Independent Contractor (contracted research and clinical trials)
Tennessee State University Public Health Employment (includes retainer)

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.