June 2022
In this Issue:

  • What's Happening Around the Region?
  • Building a Youth Prevention System Series, June 23 and July 21

  • Don't Miss This
  • A new toolkit: "Tobacco-Free Toolkit for Behavioral Health Agencies"
  • National Latino Behavioral Health Conference
The PTTC Network joins with others in recognizing June as LGBTQIA+ Pride Month. Our network is committed to ensuring all our programs are equitable and inclusive. On this resource page you will find links to Network events, products, and resources to achieve those goals and foster an environment of respect, support, and equality.
Join us this month as we celebrate the national holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, observed annually on June 19.
The Prevention Epidemiologist
by Nicole Schoenborn
The role of a prevention epidemiologist (epi) is challenging and demanding - and one of the most rewarding and memorable experiences an epidemiologist will have.
The South Southwest PTTC’s new epi toolkit Getting the Lay of the Land: The Prevention Epidemiologist provides the framework for epis, program managers, and prevention professionals to support states, tribes, and communities in epidemiological tasks unique to the prevention field.
The toolkit is organized by different aspects of the prevention epi’s role. Major aspects include:

  1. Understanding the organizational structure and the epi’s role within the prevention system
  2. The prevention epidemiologist and the epi workgroup
  3. Identifying and communicating data
  4. Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) and epi workgroup tasks
  5. Tools and resources to get you going

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Watch the Epi Toolkit Lunch and Learn webinar recording for an introduction and overview to this valuable resource.
Epi Corner
Creating Logic Models to Support Epidemiology and Evaluations

By Iris Smith, Ph.D., M.P.H.
The essential role of epidemiology in measuring the frequency, severity, and distribution of the factors that contribute to the prevention focus is also supported by the logic model. Well-designed logic models can be helpful to epidemiologists by clearly identifying the assumptions underlying the intervention, the contextual influences, sources of heterogeneity, population sub-groups targeted by the intervention, as well as measurement strategies and data sources. 
Logic models have long been recognized as an essential tool for program design and evaluation....
How to Develop an Effective Program Logic Model
In the Spring of 2021 the South Southwest developed a Logic Model series that introduced the prevention practitioner to the steps to creating a logic model to assist with prevention planning. These videos are a valuable resource for all those involved in prevention programming. View the videos below on YouTube, invite your coalition members to join you, then let us know if they were helpful to you by clicking "like" on the video in YouTube. What other training would be helpful to you? Let us know at pttc6@ou.edu.
How to Develop an Effective Program Logic Model Part 1

The How to Develop an Effective Program Logic Model Part 1 provides an overview of logic models and describes the steps to creating one for a prevention program.

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How to Develop an Effective Program Logic Model Part 2

The How to Develop an Effective Program Logic Model Part 2: Learning Lab provides participants the information and resources to assist in planning and developing a logic model to describe their program and help guide program evaluation.

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What's Happening Around the Region?
South Southwest PTTC Training
Building a Youth Prevention System
Substance misuse prevention systems that include youth create long-term positive outcomes for communities. This 3-part series is for those who work with youth and are interested in refining or developing a prevention system. Join us for parts 2 and 3 of this series as we discuss how to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion and strategies for building authentic youth and adult partnerships.

Part 2, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Date: June 23, 2022 
Time: 9-11 a.m. MT / 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. CT / 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. ET

What does diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) mean when it comes to substance misuse prevention efforts? To adequately support youth prevention work, preventionists must be inclusive of people from all backgrounds, cultures, and experiences. It also means including these principles when planning. In this webinar, we will discuss the 3-pronged term, DEI, and how each of its principles can holistically enhance prevention efforts. We will also discuss how to operationalize these principles using the strategic prevention framework.
Part 3, Authentic Youth and Adult Partnerships 
Date: July 21, 2022 
Time: 9-11 a.m. MT / 10:00 a.m. – 12 p.m. CT / 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. ET

Involving youth and young adults in meaningful substance misuse prevention efforts presents unique challenges. Challenges that are important to overcome because participation by youth and young adults is a powerful means to driving community level behavior change. During this webinar a panel of youth and youth adult prevention leaders will discuss how to successfully foster authentic partnerships which lead to sustainable change.
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Don't Miss This!
The 2022 National Latino Behavioral Health Conference
Registration is now open!

The purpose of the 2022 National Latino Behavioral Health Conference is to highlight the latest and most relevant data around prevention, treatment, recovery, policy, and research focusing on the Hispanic and Latino communities.
SAMHSA’s National Center of Excellence for Tobacco-Free Recovery has released a new toolkit: “Tobacco-free Toolkit for Behavioral Health Agencies”.

This free downloadable PDF has steps, case studies, and sample resources to help take a facility tobacco-free. (click the image above to download the PDF)