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Overview of 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.


States & American Samoa:
August 9, 16, 23, 30, & September 6, 13, 20, 2022

03:00 p.m. – 04:30 p.m. Pacific
12:00 p.m. – 01:30 p.m. Hawaii
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. American Samoa

Pacific Jurisdictions:
August 10, 17, 24, 31, & September 7, 14, 21, 2022

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Republic of the Marshall Islands
09:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Pohnpei and Kosrae
08:00 a.m. – 09:30 a.m. Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Chuuk, and Yap
07:00 a.m. – 08:30 a.m. Republic of Palau

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Dodi Swope, M.Ed. LMFT has over 35 years of experience across the continuum of behavioral health prevention, intervention and treatment. Dodi began her career as an early childhood educator specializing in learning and mental health disorders. After receiving her master’s degree in education/counseling psychology, Dodi engaged in clinical practice that included community and school-based treatment for individuals, families and groups. Seeing the stubborn cycles of behavioral health challenges in families, Dodi sought a broader impact. With a focus on prevention and positive youth development, she worked on community and system level change.  For twenty plus years she has supported prevention strategies at community, region, state and national levels through her work as a training and technical assistance specialist with Education Development Center. Dodi coordinates two community coalitions in her local community, one focused on helping middle school aged girls thrive and the other on early childhood development and wellbeing. Dodi also teaches a graduate level course at Clark University on Grant Writing for Community Developers. She maintains an independent community public health consulting practice from her home in Worcester, Massachusetts.


  • 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.


  • 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:

  • View a 20-minute video on how to maximize the video conferencing platform and complete the Session 1 prep packet prior to the first session on Tuesday, August 9, 2022.
  • 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 Tuesday, August 9, 2022 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 (


Participants who complete the entire course will receive a certificate of attendance for 16 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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