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Overview

Getting Ready for Sustainability Planning

This 7-week series offers an interactive experience for participants to explore how to develop a sustainability plan. Sustainability planning is an intentional process of looking critically at your current prevention infrastructure, processes, and strategies to develop the necessary resources to sustain meaningful prevention outcomes beyond current funding. Elements of sustainability planning include examining the impact of strategic planning processes, such as SAMSHA’s Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) and interventions, priority setting, resource and feasibility analysis, communication planning, and resource and grant development.

Trainers will demonstrate how to use a set of tools to facilitate a sustainability process with community partners and will coach participants to set actionable steps and timelines to complete a plan over the next year.  The distance learning series will include skill-based learning opportunities, individual and group activities, reading assignments, and group discussion.

When:
States and American Samoa
January 10, 17, 24, February 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2024
04:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Mountain (including Arizona)
3:00 p.m. – 04:30 p.m. Pacific
01:00 p.m. – 02:30 p.m. Hawaii
12:00 p.m. – 01:30 p.m. American Samoa

Pacific Jurisdictions
January 11, 18, 25, February 8, 15, 22, and 29, 2024
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Republic of the Marshall Islands
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Pohnpei and Kosrae
09:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Chuuk, and Yap
08:00 a.m. – 09:30 a.m. Republic of Palau

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Christina López-Gutiérrez has extensive experience in evidence-based substance misuse prevention practices at the local, state, and bi-national levels. Her career began in the late 1990s, implementing “model” curricula in communities and evolved to providing Training and Technical Assistance to community-based coalitions, single state agencies, Promotores and Community Health Workers. Ms. López-Gutiérrez has been part of various training teams to include the U.S.-Mexico Border states and sister cities in Mexico with the delivery of the Strategic Prevention Framework in Spanish. More recently, Ms. López-Gutiérrez has participated in a state-wide evaluation team to support grantees aiming to decrease Prescription Misuse and Underage drinking.

Objectives:

  • Define sustainability and summarize key findings from research.
  • Explain the value of sustainability planning to community stakeholders.
  • Share how partnerships and collaborations provide the foundation for sustainability.
  • Identify and recruit partners to participate on a Sustainability Planning Team (SPT).
  • Summarize five components of sustainability planning.
  • Collect information and capture lessons learned throughout the Strategic Prevention Framework process.
  • Gather information and document lessons learned from interventions.
  • Develop communication products as part of ongoing sustainability effort.
  • Outline key tasks that inform a written sustainability plan.
  • Establish a timeline to create a sustainability plan.
  • Apply a set of tools to create a sustainability plan with community partner.

Audience:

  • Community, tribal, jurisdiction, and state-level substance misuse prevention practitioners and allied health partners located in the Pacific Southwest region, including American Samoa, Arizona, California, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Hawaii, Nevada, Republic of Marshall Islands, and Republic of Palau.
  • Please note: This training is reserved for prevention professionals working in HHS Region 9. Prevention professionals interested in this course but who work outside of HHS Region 9 are encouraged to contact their region’s PTTC to learn about similar courses available to them.

Participant Commitment and Expectations:

  • Complete the Session 1 prep packet before the first session on Wednesday, January 10, 2024.
  • Participate in 7 sessions of training, for 1.5 hours on scheduled series days/times.
  • Complete up to ONE hour of independent learning activities between each session.
  • Use a web-camera and have access to appropriate technology to join the online videoconferencing platform (i.e., internet connection, built-in or USB webcam, laptop/tablet, built-in/USB/Bluetooth speakers & microphone).
  • Actively engage and be on camera 90% of the time during each session, since this is not a webinar series and active participation is essential to gain/improve skills.

Please Note:

It is expected that participants will have access to the appropriate technology by Wednesday, January 10, 2024 in order to fully participate and be on camera at least 90% of the time.

If you have questions regarding technology requirements or registration details contact Karen Totten (ktotten@casat.org).

Certificates:

Participants who complete the entire course will receive a certificate of attendance for 17.5 hours. Participants will need to confirm with their certification board to determine if these certification hours are accepted towards their specific certification requirements.

The Pacific Southwest PTTC is administered by CASAT at the University of Nevada, Reno.

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