January 28, 2022

9:00 AM – 12:15 PM EST
CEUs: Prevention, CHES
3 hours
Domains: P5

Traditional prevention has historically focused on prevention professionals teaching individuals how to make healthy decisions to avoid early initiation of substance use and challenges with mental wellness. However, healthy individuals can only stay healthy for so long if they do not reside within healthy communities. Thus, preventionists must also promote environmental changes that enhance the health and wellness of entire communities. One such strategy that has been widely researched and shown to create broad-sweeping and long-lasting community-level change is the creation or modification of public policies, which can – and should – occur at both the local and state levels. This session will provide an overview of policy efforts as an important tool in the prevention professional’s toolbox. Participants will leave this session with a thorough understanding of what public policy is and why it plays such an integral role in prevention. Most importantly, though, participants will learn both how to choose policy strategies as well as how to conduct policies strategies at both the local and state levels. This entire session will be grounded in case studies to transfer the theoretical learning into a practical skills application.

Learning Objectives:

  • Be able to define policy efforts that have an impact on the prevention of behavioral health disorders.
  • Understand the value of policy strategies as a vital component of prevention efforts.
  • Learn how to integrate policy efforts into your standard prevention programming and strategies

Presenter(s): Andrea Hoff & Derek Longmeier