262487 A community case study of using the MAP-IT framework to examine efforts to prevent adolescent substance abuse in Kansas

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 : 11:30 AM - 11:50 AM

Sheetal Pandya, MS, CHES , KU Work Group for Community Health and Development, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
Jerry A. Schultz, PhD , KU Work Group for Community Health and Development, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
Momina Sims, MPH , KU Work Group for Community Health and Development, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
Stephen Fawcett, PhD , KU Work Group for Community Health and Development, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
Background: In Kansas, community coalitions to prevent adolescent substance abuse receive training and technical assistance by state-funded Regional Prevention Centers. This presentation uses the Healthy People 2020 MAP-IT (Mobilize, Assess, Plan, Implement and Track) framework to communicate how the Kansas Prevention Network is working to mobilize efforts, assess the problems and related risk factors, plan for actions, implement evidence-based approaches and track technical support and community changes. Methods: The present study used a field-tested documentation system that has been tracking the activities of the Kansas Prevention System for nearly 10 years, field interviews and document review to examine the technical support provided by the Regional Prevention Center system. This documentation records instances of activities and analyzes their distribution by goal, prevention strategy, duration and sector in which activities occurred. Results: Preliminary results show variation in the amount and kinds of supportive activities that were facilitated by a Regional Prevention Center. Similarly, the number of community/system changes facilitated by coalitions in that region varied among coalitions and over time. Conclusion: This study suggests that public health framework can be helpful in communicating activities related to substance abuse prevention efforts. Systematic implementation and tracking of MAP-IT activities can inform how collaborative partnerships work to help reduce youth substance abuse.

Learning Areas:
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Social and behavioral sciences
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
1. Define the elements of the MAP-IT framework. 2. Describe the utility of the MAP-IT Framework in preventing adolescent substance abuse. 3. Discuss the use of training and technical assistance for improving community efforts for preventing adolescent substance abuse.

Keywords: Adolescents, Substance Abuse Prevention

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a Certified Health Education Specialist with a Masters in Health Science from the University of Arkansas. Currently I am pursuing a PhD in Behavioral Psychology with the Department of Applied Behavior Science at University of Kansas. As a Graduate Research Assistant with the KU Work Group for community health and development, I work to support the documentation and participatory evaluation of substance abuse prevention efforts in Kansas through the Addiction and Prevention Services.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

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.