This track explores the science underlying the systems approaches to prevention interventions and presents the primary methods for planning community-wide implementation systems. It also provides experiential learning in planning and working with stakeholders to develop prevention intervention services. It consists of seven courses as follows:
Practitioners Specialty Track 6: Community-Based Prevention- 89Hrs.
UPC 61: Rationale and Conceptual Framework
This course underscores the importance of substance use prevention in the community, micro- and macro- level environmental influences in communities, rationale for using teams to deliver EBIs to a community, need for multi-component prevention, and importance for planning interventions systemically and identifying environmental influences to inform the selection of EBIs. It also outlines a plan for teaching these concepts to a community team.
UPC 62: Community-Based Implementation Systems
This course presents the benefits of using a community-based implementation system, identifies reasons why some community teams are successful, and phases of team development as well as how they influence team
UPC 63: Building a Community-Based Implementation System
This course provides an opportunity to identify and practice strategies that build capacity and foster teamwork, skills related to the roles and responsibilities of team members, and skills and abilities of effective team leaders and members in leadership roles. It also helps the team anticipate, adapt to and plan for change, identify common barriers and develop strategies to overcome challenges to effective teamwork as well as communication skills to teach others about the benefits of using EBIs.
UPC 64: EBI Selection and Implementation
This course discusses needs assessment and data sources, strategies for building team capacity, matching community needs to the most appropriate EBIs, the importance of implementation fidelity and the need for adaptations when appropriate as well as the steps for developing a comprehensive implementation plan.
UPC 65: Monitoring and Evaluation
This course underscores the importance of evaluation for implementers, evaluations that measure progress, intended outcomes and impact on the community, steps for monitoring team processes and EBI implementation as well as a data system to collect and use information. It also explains how data are used for continuous quality improvement.
UPC 66: Sustainability
This course outlines the components of an implementation plan and its application to the community, use of logic models to support high quality implementation and sustainability of EBIs and the community team, sustainability inputs and characteristics of healthy teams, application of organisational and environmental strategies for the sustainability of EBIs and well-functioning teams and the implementation of sustainability concepts to a community team.
UPC 67: Prevention Systems Thinking and Networking to Build Capacity
This course explores how teams can link to multiple systems and influence multi-level interventions across community domains, basic concepts and benefits of “prevention systems thinking”, ways that community-based teams can network with larger prevention systems within and outside the community and technical assistance assessment.