142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Improving Community Health and Prevention through the Preventing Drug Abuse and Excessive Alcohol Use Priority Area

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Monday, November 17, 2014

Elaine T. Jurkowski, MSW, PhD , School of Social Work, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Carbondale, IL
This session will focus on the National Prevention Strategy (NPS) Priority Area of preventing drug abuse and excessive alcohol use. Key recommendations from the NPS for preventing drug abuse and excessive alcohol use are:
1) Supporting state, tribal, local, and territorial implementation and enforcement of alcohol policies,
2) Creating environments that empower young people not to drink or use other drugs,
3) Identify alcohol and other drug disorders early and provide brief intervention, referral and treatment, and
4) Reduce inappropriate access to and use of prescription drugs.

Many communities have been organizing to address this priority area. Synthesizing best practices within and across community contexts would be helpful to advance research and practice. In this session, we will carry out an active, participant engaged discussion of focused topics that will inform the NPS leadership of possible areas for technical assistance resource development and shared learning. The focused topics for discussion are: (a) Building partnerships across sectors and diverse contexts (b) finding common ground, decision-making and power sharing (c) policy development at the local level (upstream and downstream issues and ripple effects) and (d) enhancing capacities, mutual learning and sustainability. A brief summary of our shared understanding and common concerns will be reported back to the larger session for a response and future action from the national NPS leadership.

Learning Areas:

Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Discuss common facilitators and barriers to carrying out work on this priority area at the local level. Identify common concerns and technical assistance / capacity needs for engaging in work to prevent drug abuse and excessive alcohol use.

Keyword(s): Drug Abuse Prevention and Safety, Alcohol Use

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a member and leader of the Public Health Social Work section.
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.