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Applying Prevention Science to Practice Series: Strategic Fit and Evidence-Based Practices in Today’s Prevention Landscape
While evidence-based approaches are highly encouraged in the prevention field, it is very important to make sure strategies you select have both conceptual and practical fit, aligning with the priorities, risk and protective factors, and local issues in your community. Additionally, reviewing and weighing the evidence of effectiveness of proposed strategies gives prevention practitioners scientific support for strategy selection in a comprehensive prevention plan.

This webinar will provide an 1) overview of strategic fit and its components, providing a step-by-step process of determining best fit for strategy selection; 2) describe how selecting best fit strategies can be adapted to current conditions with COVID-19; and 3) provide the opportunity to interact with fellow participants to explore the application of these strategic fit components into the work of prevention practitioners.

Following the webinar, participants will have the opportunity to register for a learning lab where they will breakout into small work groups to discuss these concepts and how they are implemented locally. This is an opportunity to connect with other prevention practitioners nationally and share ideas and experiences in aligning priorities, selecting strategies using strategic fit, considering the context in which you do prevention and the evidence available.

Upon completion of this virtual learning experience, participants will be able to:
1. Define conceptual fit and understand the necessity for aligning program design with community needs.
2. Define practical fit and identify opportunities for program adaptations to improve program outcomes.
3. Identify data collection opportunities to determine program or practice effectiveness
4. Describe the effects of COVID-19 and social distancing on the implementation of evidence-based prevention practice.

Aug 11, 2020 12:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Nicole Augustine, MPH, MCHES, CPS
Project Coordinator - North Carolina Behavioral Health Equity Initiative; Project Coordinator - Southeast PTTC @Wake Forest Baptist School of Medicine
Nicole Augustine, MPH, MCHES, CPS has been working in the field of prevention since 2001. She has a Master of Public Health degree from The George Washington University School of Public Health. Nicole is employed at Wake Forest Baptist School of Medicine as the Project Coordinator for the North Carolina Behavioral Health Equity Initiative (NC BHEI) and the Project Coordinator for the Southeast Prevention Technology Transfer Center (Southeast PTTC). The goal of the NCBHEI project is to support communities in identifying, acting on, and effectively addressing a key behavioral health equity issues. The goal of the Southeast PTTC is to provide training and technical assistance to individuals and organizations in the substance misuse prevention field in the Southeast region of the United States (HHS Regions 4). Nicole is a passionate prevention provider, committed to supporting initiatives designed to address the complex substance use issues affecting our society.
Nicole Schoenborn, MA, CPS
Evaluator @South Southwest and Mid-America Prevention Technology Transfer Centers
Nicole Schoenborn, MA, CPS, provides evaluation services for the South Southwest and Mid-America Prevention Technology Transfer Centers funded by SAMHSA. Nicole is dedicated to building the capacity of the behavioral health workforce to reduce stigma associated with substance use and mental health issues and make data-informed decisions to improve prevention programs. Prior to joining the PTTC Network, Nicole provided training and technical assistance for SAMSHA’s CAPT as a state/tribal liaison and was the Service to Science Lead for the Southwest Resource Team. For over 10 years, Nicole managed the evaluation and quality improvement services to community-based organizations, clinics, and prisons across Oklahoma working to prevent HIV and care for those living with the disease. Nicole has a master’s in experimental psychology and is a Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS) through the International Credentialing and Reciprocity Consortium.