218497 Families and Schools Together: Engaging Parents and Community in ATOD Prevention

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 : 1:04 PM - 1:21 PM

Pat Davenport , Families and Schools Together Inc., Madison, WI
Middle School FAST is a multi-family prevention strategy for building protective factors around youth as they grow up. Middle School FAST is an adaptation of the SAMHSA model program Families and Schools Together (FAST) for elementary school youth. The purpose of Middle School FAST is to help families build social capital, increase parental self-efficacy, and empower parents to be the primary prevention agent in their child's lives. FAST is implemented by a team that consists of school staff, a parent team member, and team members from local community organizations focusing of ATOD and/or mental health. A total of 2,540 parents and youth who completed the 10 week program have participated in the program evaluation and have completed pre- and post-tests. The evaluation findings indicate that parents experienced improved family relationships, reduced conflict with their youth, and increased social support from other parents and community members. Parents also reported improved behavior in their youth, including improved social behavior, reduced emotional symptoms, peer problems, and conduct problems. Youth reported reduced stress, improved family relationships and peer relationships, as well as improved behavior as measured by the Strength and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ). This presentation will focus on the outcomes of the program, describe the FAST activities, how the program engages parents and community, and how the program is adapted for different racial and ethnic groups.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs

Learning Objectives:
Participants will be able to describe how FAST engages parents and community organization staff to reduce ATOD among youth.

Keywords: Adolescents, Prevention

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Director of Families and Schools Together Inc, and a certified FAST trainer. I have trained FAST teams for over seven years.
Any relevant financial relationships? Yes

Name of Organization Clinical/Research Area Type of relationship
Families and Schools Together non-profit 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.