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Iowa Partnerships for Success Project

Strategic Prevention Framework of Iowa

What is SPF?

The Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) is a five-step planning process known to support positive youth development, reduce risk-taking behaviors, build on assets and prevent problem behaviors. The Iowa Partnerships for Success Grant (IPFS) is a five year grant funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP). The IPFS funds 12 Iowa counties to meet the following Goals:
1. Reduce underage alcohol use (12-20 year olds).
2. Reduce youth binge drinking (12-20 year olds).

The SPF is built on a community-based risk and protective factors approach to prevention. The idea behind the SPF is to use findings from public health research along with evidence-based prevention programs to build capacity and sustainable prevention.

SPF steps require states, and communities to systematically:

1. Assess prevention needs based on epidemiological data
2. Build prevention capacity
3. Develop a strategic plan
4. Implement effective community prevention programs, policies and practices.
5. Evaluate efforts for outcomes

Iowa's SPF Services

Conducting statewide assessments using existing alcohol data.
Developing a comprehensive Strategic Plan to assist funded counties.
Mobilizing and building state/local collaborations to address identified needs.
Implementing evidence-based substance abuse prevention strategies.
Monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of the SPF, sustaining effective prevention strategies and improving or replacing those that were not as successful.

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